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Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Program

Program Description
The goal of Burke’s Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Program is to help achieve the highest level of independence possible following spinal cord injury or disease. We serve adolescent through elderly patients with diagnoses such as traumatic spinal cord injury, spinal cord hemorrhage and infarction, multiple sclerosis, transverse myelitis, and spinal tumors.

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

The interdisciplinary rehabilitation team consists of you and your family or caregiver, and medical, nursing and other rehabilitation specialists. Led by Argyrios Stampas, 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. Dr. Stampas monitors the overall team process and outcome. 

Your progress is discussed formally once per week at a team meeting. Family members and caregivers are encouraged to attend and participate in your treatment and care as appropriate.

Team members present weekly educational lectures and discussions for families and caregivers on topics related to spinal cord injury. Since spinal cord injuries and diseases are life-changing and lifelong, ongoing education about coping, resources, and follow up is critical to achieving your goals.

Scope of Services
Burke’s Spinal Cord Injury team is committed to:

  • Providing comprehensive, patient-focused rehabilitation, through an interdisciplinary approach based on communication, collaboration and cooperation.
  • Maximizing recovery from the physical, cognitive, and psychological impairments caused by spinal cord injury.
  • Removing or lessening restrictions to participation in life activities and counseling individuals and families on alternative possibilities for life participation when necessary.
  • Preparing the individual, family or caregiver for transition to the next stage of the rehabilitation process.

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

Medical Management
As the leader of the multi-disciplinary team, Dr. Stampas 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.

Education
Patient and Family/Caregiver
Ongoing education of the individual with a spinal cord injury or neurological condition and the family and/or caregiver is essential in order to maximize recovery from the physical, cognitive and psychological impairments caused by brain injury and effectively prepare the individual and family and/or caregiver for the transition to the next stage in the rehabilitation process.

Individuals with a spinal cord injury or neurological condition will receive ongoing education from each discipline throughout his/her stay in order to maximize achievement of each individual’s goals. Much education focuses on the fact that, for many patients, their injuries and resulting conditions are life-changing and lifelong. Coping, resources, and the need for lifelong follow up to deal with changing needs are provided.

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.

Team Members
In house education via inservices provided by Burke staff, research staff, as well as outside speakers, including vendors, is provided to team members.

Team members attend professional conferences, continuing education courses and seminars throughout the year workshops that address current trends in the treatment of spinal cord injury and neurological conditions. Opportunities are available for education for advanced degrees and clinical specialty certifications. The program’s goal is to provide evidence-based, state of the art treatment. All staff education initiatives and opportunities will attempt to support this goal Participation in research initiatives and presentations of poster/platform presentations at seminars and conferences is encouraged. Team members are actively involved in community events, such as contributing to and participating in activities of the White Plains Chapter of the ThinkFirst Program, a nationally based spinal cord and brain injury prevention program.

Location
Located in White Plains, New York, Burke Rehabilitation Hospital's Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Program (SCI Rehab) attracts patients from Westchester County, New York City, Long Island, Northern New Jersey, and Connecticut. Burke also welcomes spinal cord injury patients from across the country and around the world.

Additional services available to meet the needs of each individual patient include:

  • Complementary Therapy
  • Laboratory Services
  • Medical Consultations (Podiatry, Urology, Plastics, ENT, Dermatology, etc.)
  • Peer Support
  • Pharmacy
  • Radiology
  • Technology: FESBike, Bioness, WalkAide, LiteGait, SAEBO.


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