Neurorehabilitation Services and Treatments
Neurorehabilitation services and treatments offered at Burke 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.
For more information, call (914) 597-2332.