Orthopedic Rehabilitation Program


Orthopedic Rehabilitation 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 bilateral hip and knee replacements,  complicated single joint 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 consists of you and your family or caregiver, and medical, nursing and other rehabilitation specialists. Led by Dr. Ellen Gitler, Dr. Maria Briones or Karen Pechman, 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 program provides care to all patients admitted secondary to musculoskeletal dysfunction resulting in decreased functional ability. Patients present post surgically or following traumatic injury to the musculoskeletal system and require the level of care provided by an acute rehabilitation hospital. Each orthopedic patient will receive a minimum of 3 hours of therapy a day, 5 days per week, generally Monday through Friday, and a sixth day of therapy, generally Saturday, for 1-2 hours. Skilled therapy will be provided in a combination of physical therapy and occupational therapy and/or speech therapy if needed. 

The Orthopedic Team is committed to ensuring that each individual’s needs are addressed by:

  • Providing rehabilitation through an interdisciplinary approach that emphasizes communication, collaboration and cooperation
  • Lessening limitations of activities by focusing on the individual’s capabilities and utilizing compensatory strategies and devices
  • Providing the highest quality, patient focused rehabilitation
  • Removing or lessening restrictions to participation in life situations to the extent possible
  • Providing counseling to the individual and family and/or caregiver on alternative possibilities for life participation when necessary
  • Preparing the individual, family and/or caregiver to make the transition to the next stage of the rehabilitation process.

Educational Objectives
Patient and caregiver education is the first priority and is considered to be ongoing. Each interaction with therapy and social work should serve as educational. In addition to this goal, education classes and materials may be provided. Education will be diagnosis-specific with a focus on functional independence, adherence to precautions, progress and well being. Dependent upon need, individual sessions may be dedicated to family training, during which a therapist will train family members in the appropriate provision of care and assistance for mobility, self care or exercise performance.    

Educational classes will be held for patients and will be diagnostically exclusive. Classes will exist for total knee replacement, total hip replacement and fracture. These sessions will be used to provide educational materials, encourage group discussion, and group problem solving and serve as support sessions.  

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.

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