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If you have sustained an injury to the nervous system or have a progressive neurologic disease, , you may be experiencing a number of symptoms, such as weakness, muscle stiffness or pain, problems with balance, memory and thinking issues, and speech and language problems. We understand that these symptoms make it difficult to live as fully as you want. We target the complex needs of patients diagnosed with:
● Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
● Parkinson's Disease
● Spinal Cord Injury
● Cerebral Palsy
● Traumatic Brain Injury
● Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
● Stroke Rehabilitation
● Brain Tumors
● Other neurologic conditions
At Weill Cornell Medicine, we use a holistic approach to helping our patients regain as much of their functional abilities as possible. Through our personalized and advanced stroke and neurological rehabilitation care, we will help you return to your daily routines and improve your quality of life.
Convenient, individualized care: The experts at our stroke and neurological rehabilitation center work closely with each patient to develop a tailored treatment plan. Treatment plans are based on your individual needs and goals, as well as a thorough review of your prior medical, neurological and rehabilitation therapy histories.
As a patient, you will enjoy world-class care at our state-of-the-art facility in New York City.
Focus on empowering our patients: We are passionate about educating our patients. We empower you with information, exercises and other tools so that you can manage and improve your overall health, as well as make confident decisions about your care.
Multidisciplinary care from leading experts: When you choose Weill Cornell Medicine, you have access to a network of doctors and specialists. Your rehabilitation medicine specialist will consult with experts in neurology, psychology and other medical professionals, as needed.
We also work closely with physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech-language pathology staff at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, one of the top hospital systems in New York City and the U.S., to coordinate stroke and neurological rehabilitation therapy and achieve the best possible outcome.
The stroke and neurological rehabilitation experts at Weill Cornell Medicine help patients who have been affected by a neurological condition. These include:
● Stroke: Strokes can occur either from bleeding in the brain or when the flow of blood to the brain is blocked.
○ Ischemic stroke: Occurs when an obstruction (blood clot) cuts off the blood supply to the brain; ischemic strokes make up nearly 90% of all stroke cases.
○ Transient ischemic attack (TIA): Often called a “mini stroke” occurs as a result of a temporary blood clot that cuts off blood supply to the brain.
○ Hemorrhagic stroke: Occurs when a blood vessel swells and bursts, causing bleeding in the brain, or when a weakened blood vessel leaks (for example, aneurysms or arteriovenous malformations).
● Other neurological disorders
There are many approaches to stroke and neurological rehabilitation. Your rehabilitation plan will depend on the part of the body or type of ability affected. At Weill Cornell Medicine, our team offers the most advanced and comprehensive treatments available, including:
● Specialized therapy programs: Specialized therapies, such as physical therapy (PT), can help improve your muscle strength and coordination, relieve muscle tension and help you regain range of motion. Occupational therapy (OT) and speech therapy can help you with lost cognitive abilities, such as memory, problem-solving and social skills. You might also need Speech-Language therapy to address aphasia, dysarthria, or other speech problems or difficulties with swallowing. Learn more about physical, occupational and speech and language therapies.
● Medication therapy: Medications might be prescribed to improve alertness, agitation or movement, as well as manage pain or depression.
● Assistive devices: We can help you learn to use an assistive device, such as a walker, cane, wheelchair or leg brace while you regain your mobility or relearn to walk.
● Spasticity treatments: Certain treatments help relieve muscle tension and improve mobility, including botulinum toxin (Botox) and baclofen pump treatments.
● Stroke prevention: Our expert stroke rehabilitation therapists focus not only on your rehabilitation but on preventing future strokes through diet and lifestyle changes.
● Integrative support: Integrating evidence-based, complementary and alternative treatments with the treatments you receive from your neurologist may help relieve many of the symptoms associated with a stroke or other neurological conditions. The Weill Cornell Medicine Integrative Health and Wellbeing Program offers acupuncture, massage therapy, yoga, mindfulness coaching and meditation.
● At-Home Therapies: Weill Cornell Medicine is pleased to begin offering Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS), a novel home-based non-invasive brain stimulation program that will help enhance day to day functions including talking, walking, and moving both your arms and legs. tDCS is a treatment that may help to improve responsiveness to physical, occupation and speech therapy.
This program is designed to provide rehabilitation in the comfort of your own home. Our specially trained therapists will apply the stimulation device to your head and deliver therapy that is focused on repetitive movements that are specific to everyday activities, such as reaching to open a door, walking throughout your home, or speaking aloud.
If you are interested in the program, you will be assessed by a rehabilitation medicine physician who will determine which therapies you may benefit from receiving. They will also determine which area of your brain is suitable for stimulation, based on your injury location and current evidence-based treatment paradigms.
Whether you visit us virtually through a video visit or you see us in person, you can be assured that we will deliver the highest standards of care with compassion.
The physicians at the Weill Cornell Department of Rehabilitation Medicine offer patients the highest level of safety and care. As a top-ranked academic medical center, you have access to our extensive network of specialists who provide seamless care throughout your treatment — to promote long-term physical and mental health.