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Spinal Cord Injury Program

For patients over 16 years of age*, Burke offers individualized multidisciplinary treatment plans for patients with acquired and traumatic Spinal Cord Injuries.

Our highly trained team of therapists use the latest evidence-based approaches including functional electric stimulation, locomotor training, body weight support treadmill training, standing aides, and advanced manual therapy techniques. Patients with Spinal Cord Injuries may also be eligible to participate in a short-term intensive six-week program (“SCIP”) using a wide range of technologically advanced, state-of-the-art equipment to improve overall function. Participants of the short term intensive program will be considered for admission based on various criteria for a more intense, shorter term course of therapy services according to their individual needs. Speech and Language Pathology, Social Work Case Management, and Neuropsychological screening services are also available as needed. Our therapy team is committed to providing comprehensive, activity-based therapies that promote functional recovery and improve quality of life over the long term.

For more information on Burke’s Outpatient Spinal Cord Therapies, please call 914-597-2490.

*patients under the age of 16 will be considered for admission to the program on a case by case basis.


Spinal Cord Injury Resources

United Spinal Association
120-34 Queens Blvd, Suite 320 | Kew Gardens, NY 11415 | 718-803-378

Web: unitedspinal.org/ask-us
Phone: 800-962-9629

Hudson Valley Chapter of United Spinal Association
Web: unitedspinalhudsonvalley.org
Phone: 845-786-4189

Our Mission
The Hudson Valley Chapter’s Mission is HOPE:

H – Health & Wellness after SCI/D
O – Opportunity to fulfill goals and dreams
P – Peer Support
E – Empowering individuals to achieve independence

Membership in United Spinal Association is free and open to all individuals who are living with a spinal cord injury or disease, their family members, friends, and healthcare providers.

Westchester County is committed to doing everything it can when it comes to providing opportunities to people with disabilities. The Office for People with Disabilities is here to answer your questions, provide assistance or direct you to resources

148 Martine Avenue, White Plains, NY 10601

Web: disabled.westchestergov.com
Phone: 914-995-2000

The following are examples of issues on which we provide information for individuals with disabilities, their family members and agencies:

  • Housing
  • Transportation
  • Mental Health / Health Care Supports and Services
  • Senior Services
  • Systems Advocacy

10 County Center Road 2nd Floor
White Plains, NY 10607

Web: wilc.org
Phone Numbers:
914-682-3926 (Voice)
914-259-8036 (VP/TTY)
914-682-8518 (FAX)
Contact@wilc.org

Whether you are newly paralyzed or a caregiver looking to help a loved one, The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation is a great resource for help in finding information on resources on health, costs and insurance, rehabilitation and more.

Information specialists are available at 1-800-539-7309 Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm ET
Web: christopherreeve.org

HealthFinder.gov has resources on a wide range of health topics selected from over 1,600 government and non-profit organizations. This government website is designed to help you and those you care about stay healthy. Health Topics A to Z provides information on health conditions and diseases, nutrition and physical activity, doctor visits, everyday healthy living, pregnancy and parenting.

Web: health.gov/myhealthfinder


Adaptive Sports & Fitness



Burke Rehabilitation Hospital encourages people of all abilities to take part in physical activities such as sports and exercise. Through our Therapeutic Recreation department, Burke offers several adaptive sports and fitness programs. These sports can be played by people with a disability, including physical and intellectual disabilities. Offered programs include Handcycling, Adaptive yoga, Relaxation Therapy, and Wheelchair Table Tennis.

Check Burke's community calendar for future adaptive sports seminars or contact the Therapeutic Recreation department at (914) 597-2248 or by email.

To participate, a registration form must be completed and submitted to the therapeutic recreation department.

Adaptive Sports at Helen Hayes Hospital
Peter Gagliardo, Coordinator of the Adapted Sports & Recreation Program
Email: peter.gagliardo@helenhayeshosp.org
Phone: 845-786-4950
https://helenhayeshospital.org/adapted-sports-recreation/


Online Fitness Options

Burke Rehabilitation Hospital strongly recommends you consult your physician before beginning any exercise program.

 
Live classes from local fitness studios

  • AXIS Dance Company is offering a variety of online adaptive fitness and dance classes. Visit Website
  • Piedmont Yoga Community: PYC is Oakland based and offers Online Yoga Classes for People with Disabilities and Chronic Conditions, Thursdays, 2:00 to 3:30; Saturdays, 3:00 to 4:30. Classes are offered on a sliding scale and are available regardless of participants ability pay. Visit Website
  • Dance for All Bodies: Dance for All Bodies (DfAB) is a non-profit which organizes low cost dance classes for people of all abilities. Visit Website
  • Move United (formerly Disabled Sports USA) – AdaptatHome: Free live and recorded adaptive exercise and fitness classes Visit Website
  • National Center on Physical Activity and Disability: NCHPAD is a resource for information on physical activity, health promotion, and disability, serving persons with physical, sensory and cognitive disability across the lifespan. NCHPAD’s features a variety of resources and services which can benefit all ages and populations Visit Website
  • Champions Rx: High intensity exercises designed for people who are currently very active. Website  |  YouTube Channel
  • Every Body Fitness: A multi-level paid subscription service of online videos created for people with physical disabilities by two DPT’s who specialize in neurological physical therapy and rehabilitation. Three different modules to choose from ( Strength Training, Yoga, Mobility and Balance). $5 for the first month for one module. Visit Website
  • Seated Workout that is 45 minutes long. Developed by a team which included Adaptive Sports and Recreation Specialist (Gina Biter-Mundt) and Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Center Vallejo (KFRC) physical therapists in consultation with rehabilitation doctors. Pick your favorite workout mix and follow along Watch on YouTube 
  • Adapt to Perform — Based in England, Ben Clark, a quadriplegic, had put together a great collection of fitness and workout videos, many of which can be done from a wheelchair with little or no extra equipment. Visit Website
  • Beginner Hiit WORKOUT from Adapt to Perform Watch on YouTube
  • Choreographed Dance with Chelsea Hill These short videos teach a choreographed seated dance routine to popular music. Fun to follow along and learn. Watch on YouTube
  • DPI Adaptive Fitness The Official adaptive fitness provider for Medstar National Rehabilitation Hospital’s No Limits Adaptive Fitness programming offered to the disAbilitycommunity at Medstar NRH in DC and at the DPI Adaptive Fitness Training Center in VA. They just started a variety of online live classes that are $15 per class. Register Online Here- DPI Registration. Visit Website
  • Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation – Reeve Health Minute (videos on exercises and other healthy living tips): Watch on YouTube

 

Yoga Classes

  • The Impossible Dream Catamaran: With their  partners, Dharma Yoga Studio , The Woody Foundation and Shake-A-Leg Miami,  they are offering virtual Chair Yoga classes weekly on Mondays and Thursdays at 2:15 pm. View on Facebook
  • Matthew Sanford Yoga: renowned adaptive yoga instructor based in Minnesota. Watch on YouTube
  • Yoga Anytime: Subscription service that offers traditional and adaptive yoga options from wheelchair instructor Quinn Brett. Targeted to those with more mobility (manual chair user/paraplegics). The first 30 days are free. Visit Website
  • Yoga Videos: Improve your physical and emotional wellness through mindfulness-cultivating practices like yoga, a proven stress-reliever. Check out this calming wheelchair yoga tutorial from an Adaptive Yoga for Veterans series on Youtube – it even shows you how to utilize basic objects as yoga props during your practice. Features Tony Award winner, Ali Stroker. Watch on YouTube
  • Active Homes SCI (exercises, videos, info): Visit Website
  • Shepherd Center YouTube Playlist for upper extremity exercises for people with SCI (both assisted and resistive): Watch on YouTube
  • Shepherd Center Group Exercise Workout Video – Shepherd Center Workout Routine for People with Spinal Cord Injury: Watch on YouTube
  • Spinal Cord Injury Research Evidence (SCIRE) Exercising after SCIWatch on Youtube

Non-Video Workouts

  • “7 Budget-Friendly Products for a High-Performance Home Gym” — A quick and easy guide to assembling an affordable home workout setup, Visit Website
  • The Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System (NWRSCIS) is a regional center of spinal cord injury care, research and education in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Washington. They put together this wonderful packet of exercises that most can perform from a sitting position at home or a gym. View PDF
  • The Yes, You Can Book from the PVA has a chapter of home program stretches (last chapter – starting on page 240): View PDF
  • UAB Spinal Cord Injury exercises and fitness resource listView List on Website

Spinal Cord Support Groups:



A spinal cord injury dramatically alters everything about your life. Whether and how you work, leisure activities, your ability to hold your child, your relationships, your body image, and your fundamental sense of self may all change.

Appropriate mental health care after a spinal cord injury is vital for helping you manage your rapidly changing life.

Support Group Information:

Peer Mentor Program at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital
Contact: Liz Dominick @ 914-597-2480  

Burke Rehabilitation Hospital
Third Wednesday of every month from 3:30 to 5:00 PM.
Contact: Janet Goodman @ 914-597-2249 or by email

Regional Support Group / Spinal Tumor Support Group
Upper West Side, NYC – every Friday 1:20 to 2:50 PM
Contact: Deborah Lamberti, A.C.S.W @ 212-223-7148 or by email

Greater NY Chapter of SCI Association
Monthly meeting on fourth Tuesday of month at 6:30 PM.
Klingonstein Pavilion second floor in the community room
1 Gustave L. Levy Place  NY, NY 10029
Contact: James Cesario or John Moynihan @ 212-659-9369 or by email

Helen Hayes SCI Support Group
Last Monday of the month at 12:30 to 1:30 PM.
In the first floor therapy room

Route 9W, West Haverstraw, NY 10993
Contact: 845-786-4148

Mount Sinai’s Weekly Virtual Groups on Zoom!
Click this link for a description on all the virtual groups
Contact: Woody Wood @ 646-946-7204 or by email for the up-to-date Zoom link

New Patient Visitation Policy Visiting hours 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily. One visitor at a time. Two visitors per day.

What's Happening at Burke

Thank you to everyone for making the Burke Award special!

The celebration of the 25th Burke Award Dinner was held on Thursday, September 23, 2021.

This year’s event was extra special as we saluted and honored our Burke Healthcare Heroes who have worked tirelessly treating survivors of COVID-19, as well as traditional rehabilitation patients.

Our staff are truly heroes for the passion, dedication and professionalism they demonstrate every day, especially in the face of this unprecedented challenge. Their efforts have never wavered, and they should be recognized and applauded.

There’s still time to make a donation in support of our Healthcare Heroes.

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Burke Rehabilitation Hospital
785 Mamaroneck Avenue
White Plains, NY 10605

Hospital Main Telephone

(914) 597-2500, (888) 99-BURKE

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