Neurorehabilitation

The goal of Burke’s outpatient neurorehabilitation program is to deliver medical rehabilitative services and treatments to those suffering from physical, cognitive and psychological impairments related to neurological conditions to effectively improve your quality of life. In order to achieve this, our expert physicians work as part of a coordinated multi-disciplinary team to facilitate your recovery and help increase functionality. Utilizing cutting-edge technology, Burke’s board-certified physicians are able to assess and treat serious neurological injuries that result in functional deficit, pain and other complications and interfere with a patient’s daily life.

Diagnoses

There are a number of different illnesses and injuries that may cause neurological impairments. As a leader in the field of rehabilitation for over a century, many members of Burke's expert team of physicians have specialty training to treat patients experiencing complications from these conditions , including: 

Stroke: There are serious physical, cognitive and psychological impairments that can be caused by a stroke. It is important to seek neurorehabilitation medical services when experiencing these impairments, as a stroke can cause long term disability and permanent damage. 

Multiple Sclerosis: Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. It is important to seek care from a highly qualified physician to help effectively manage and treat the unpredictable symptoms and side effects associated with this disease.

Parkinson’s Disease: A patient diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease may experience worsening symptoms of tremors, slow movements, rigid or stiff muscles, impaired posture or balance, loss of automatic bodily movements or writing or speech changes. All of these symptoms can interfere with a patient’s daily life, but individualized assessment and treatment can minimize the effect that these symptoms have on participation in daily activities.

Spinal Cord Injury: A spinal cord injury can happen in a split second and forever change the course of someone’s life. A spinal cord injury can often, but not always, be caused by direct trauma to the spinal cord. The management of a patient with a spinal cord injury is complex and multifaceted, and here at Burke, we have been leaders in the diagnosis and treatment of spinal cord injuries for decades. An individualized approach to outpatient rehabilitation treatment of a patient with a spinal cord injury allows our physicians to address each person's specific symptoms and needs.

Traumatic Brain Injury: A brain injury can be a life-altering event that affects every area of a person’s life. The brain is our body’s control center; it regulates all of our bodily functions. A traumatic brain injury is an injury to the brain caused by trauma, stroke, tumor or other illness. Burke’s traumatic brain injury team is comprised of expert leaders in the field of diagnosis and treatment of these serious injuries and the resulting physical, cognitive and psychological impairments.

Others: ALS, neuropathy, Nerve Entrapment Syndromes, Vestibular Dysfunction, Motor Neuron Disease

Services and Treatments

Burke offers a variety of services for patients experiencing neurological impairments associated with an injury or illness in an outpatient setting. You can receive these follow-up or ongoing medical treatments and return home the same day. Services and treatments available include:

Electrodiagnostic testing (EMG): Electrodiagnostic testing is commonly used to test and study muscle and nerve function. A trained Burke physician will perform the test to help evaluate the health of a patient's nerves. Once the test is performed, the physician will have information about the extent of a nerve injury and can then begin to determine treatment options.

Management of intrathecal Baclofen pumps: Patients who suffer from any neurologic disorder leading to painful or disabling spasticity for whom oral medications have been ineffective, may benefit from seeing a Burke physician with advanced training to implant and manage an intrathecal Baclofen pump. A surgically implanted pump will deliver Baclofen, a muscle relaxant, into the fluid around the spinal cord to provide relief of spasticity symptoms.

Nerve blocks: Burke patients suffering from acute neuropathic pain in a particular part of the body may benefit from an evaluation by a trained Burke physician to be considered for a nerve block. This procedure blocks pain conduction through a specific nerve, thereby reducing pain in a particular region of the body.

Spasticity clinic: Patients who experience spasticity are experiencing damage to the central nervous system, which disrupts communication between the spinal cord and brain and the electrical signals that travel from the nerves to the muscles. When these signals are damaged, muscles may tense or move, sometimes painfully, when they are not supposed to, or patients may experience weakness, fatigue, poor coordination or loss of feeling in a muscle. This can be extremely disruptive to daily life activities, and can be caused by a number of different conditions, such as a spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, stroke, Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis (MS) or hereditary spastic paraparesis. Specialized Burke physicians will treat patients in the spasticity clinic by creating a customized treatment plan incorporating a variety of therapies and treatments to help them regain control of their daily life activities.

Vestibular rehabilitation: Burke physical therapists with advanced vestibular training and experience will provide a thorough examination of common vestibular diagnoses. Patients will receive treatment plans based on their individual needs and diagnosis, which may include gaze stabilization, habituation, and/or balance training. Burke utilizes the latest, most cutting-edge technology, including the use of advanced infrared goggles for a more effective treatment approach.

Located in White Plains, Burke Rehabilitation Hospital serves patients from Westchester County, NYC, Northern New Jersey, and Connecticut.

For more information, call (914) 597-2332.

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