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Orthopedic Rehabilitation Program

Program Description
The goal of Burke’s Orthopedic Rehabilitation Program is to return you home ready to resume an active, productive lifestyle following orthopedic injury or surgery. Most of our patients return home within one or two weeks. We serve adolescent through elderly patients with diagnoses such as unilateral and bilateral knee replacements, unilateral and bilateral hip replacements, hip resurfacing, lower extremity fracture, and multiple traumas.

Within a safe, secure and structured environment, you will receive intensive therapy six times a week. Rehabilitation nursing and access to a physician is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The interdisciplinary rehabilitation team (see below) consists of you and your family or caregiver, and medical, nursing and other rehabilitation specialists. Led by Nomeda Balcetis, M.D., Bento Mascarenhas, M.D., Karen Pechman, M.D., or Sudhir Vaidya, M.D., the professionals on the team will assess your medical and rehabilitation needs and work with you to establish your individual goals. In close collaboration, the team designs and implements your treatment program. The doctor monitors the overall team process and outcome. 

Throughout your treatment, the entire team meets formally once per week to discuss your progress. Family members and caregivers are encouraged to attend and participate in treatment sessions and patient care as appropriate. You will receive ongoing training from each discipline throughout your stay in order to achieve your goals.

Scope of Services
The Orthopedic Team is committed to:

  • Providing comprehensive, patient-focused rehabilitation through an interdisciplinary approach based on communication, collaboration and cooperation.
  • Removing or lessening restrictions to participation in life situations to the extent possible.
  • Preparing the individual, family and caregivers for transition to the next stage of the rehabilitation process.

Orthopedic Rehabilitation Team Description
The Orthopedic Program philosophy is that comprehensive rehabilitation can best be achieved through an interdisciplinary team approach. The core team consists of:

  • Individual with an orthopedic injury
  • Individual’s family and caregivers
  • Nutrition
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Physician
  • Rehabilitation Nursing
  • Social Work/Case Management

Medical Management
The multi-disciplinary team is lead by either Nomeda Balcetis, M.D., Bento Mascarenhas, M.D., Karen Pechman, M.D., or Sudhir Vaidya, M.D. The doctor is responsible for directing the medical care of the individual and monitoring the overall team process and outcome. At Burke, a physician is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Medical consultations (Podiatry, Urology, Plastics, ENT, Dermatology, etc.) are available to address all patient needs while at Burke.

Patient and Family/Caregiver
Ongoing education of the individual with orthopedic injury and the family and/or caregiver is essential in order to maximize recovery from the physical impairments caused by the orthopedic injury and effectively prepare the individual and family and/or caregiver for the transition to the next stage in the rehabilitation process.

Individuals with an orthopedic injury will receive ongoing education from each discipline throughout his/her stay in order to maximize achievement of each individual’s goals. Family members and/or caregivers are encouraged to attend and participate in treatment sessions and patient care activities as appropriate. Providing education and training for the family and/or caregivers is an essential component of the patient’s rehabilitation stay and provides an opportunity to successfully transition the patient to the next phase of rehabilitation.

Located in White Plains, New York, Burke Rehabilitation Hospital's Orthopedic Rehabilitation Program attracts orthopedic patients from Westchester County, New York City, Long Island, Northern New Jersey, and Connecticut. Burke also welcomes orthopedic patients from across the country and around the world.

Additional services available to meet individual patient needs include:

  • Complementary Therapy
  • Laboratory Services
  • Medical Consultations (Podiatry, Urology, Plastics, ENT, Dermatology)
  • Neuropsychology
  • Orthotic Services
  • Pastoral Care
  • Pharmacy
  • Radiology
  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Recreation Therapy
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Technology: Nu StepNintendo Wii Fit, Mini-Shuttle Press, Upper Extremity Ergometer

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