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Stroke Rehabilitation Program

Program Description
The goal of Burke's Stroke Rehabilitation Program is to help you achieve the highest level of independence possible as you recover from the physical, visual, cognitive and psychological impairments caused by stroke. Our experienced team uses evidence-based practices and comprehensive services to prevent secondary complications, minimize impairment, reduce limitations to your activities and help you achieve your full potential.

The rehabilitation team consists of you, your family and caregivers, your physician, nurses and a variety of rehabilitation specialists. Applying the latest research and technology methods, the professionals on the interdisciplinary team will assess your abilities and help you develop realistic short and long term goals. Led by Mery Elashvilli, M.D, D.O., and Carolin Dohle, M.D., the team collaborates to customize, implement and assess your treatment.

The entire team meets formally once a week to discuss your progress. In addition to speaking directly with members of the team, family members or caregivers are strongly encouraged to attend and participate in treatment sessions. Education and training for the family and caregivers is an essential component of the stroke patient’s rehabilitation stay. On-going access to information about available services and resources is an important component of a successful patient transition to the next phase of rehabilitation.

Scope of Services
The Stroke Rehabilitation 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 stroke.
  • Removing or lessening restrictions to participation in life activities through compensatory strategies and devices, and educating individuals and families on alternative possibilities for life participation.
  • Preparing the individual and family or caregiver for transition to the next stage of the rehabilitative process.

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

Medical Management
The multi-disciplinary team is led by Mery Elashvilli, M.D, D.O., and Carolin Dohle, M.D. Both physicians have extensive experience caring for individuals who have suffered a stroke. As the leaders of the team, Dr. Elashvilli and Dr. Dohle are responsible for directing the medical care of the individual and monitoring the overall team process and outcome. At Burke, a physician is on site 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Medical consultations (Podiatry, Urology, Plastics, ENT, Dermatology, etc.) are also available to address all patient needs while at Burke.

Patient and Family/Caregiver
Education is provided throughout the rehabilitation process during all treatment sessions, as well as though a weekly, evening, Stroke Education Program. These are multidisciplinary sessions, with a comprehensive learning agenda, that is available for all patients and their families/caregivers within the program.

Patients’ families and caregivers are encouraged to make arrangements to observe therapies in order to be aware of their loved one’s progress. Often, additionally, the team will initiate not only observation of treatment, but active participation in training, so that families/caregivers are educated regarding safe and effective techniques to assist their loved ones. 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.

Much education focuses on the fact that, for many patients, their conditions are life-changing and lifelong. Coping, resources, and the need for lifelong follow up to deal with changing needs are provided.

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. Staff is encouraged to attend continuing education seminars and 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. Staff is encouraged to contribute to and participate in community projects and organizations. Participation in research initiatives and presentations of poster/platform presentations at seminars and conferences is encouraged. The program’s goal is to provide evidence-based, state of the art treatment. All staff education initiatives and opportunities support this goal.

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

Additional services are available to meet individual patient needs include:

Research Trials Participation Opportunities
Through partnerships with the Burke Medical Research Institute, many opportunities exist for patients to participate in cutting-edge clinical rehabilitation research trials.  Past and current projects have included:

  • The Influence of Motor Control Instruction and Taping on Center of Pressure and Scapulothoracic Kinematics During Reaching in Individuals with Hemiparesis.
  • Comparison of Physical Therapy Interventions for Individuals with Lateropulsion Following Stroke
  • Effect of Electrical Stimulation to Neck Muscles on Unilateral Neglect Following Stroke.
  • Use of a Wakefulness-Promoting Agent (Armodafinil ) Combined with Neuro-Rehabilitation to Improve Neurological Recovery and to Reduce Disability in Patients Who Suffered A Stroke.
  • Iris Trial:  Insulin Resistance Intervention After Stroke or TIA.
  • Stroke Biomarkers
  • Quantification of Visual Neglect Through Thresholding:  The Absolute and Relative Differences in Visual Fields.
  • Aphasia, Depression and Functional Outcomes in Stroke Patients        
  • Robotics Research
  • Promoting Stroke Recovery with Theophylline:  A Pilot Study
  • SIRROWS:  Stroke Inpatient Rehabilitation Reinforcement of Walking Speed
  • Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Trial for Patients with Lateropulsion
  • Reduced Impedance Torque Activator (RITA)
  • Visual Restoration Therapy

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