At NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell, patients who have suffered from a stroke, other cerebrovascular emergency, or a brain or spinal cord injury begin rehabilitation as early as is safely permitted. Comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation is available in the Inpatient Rehabilitation Medicine Center on the 17th floor of the Baker Pavilion. Our rehabilitation medicine physicians (physiatrists) direct an outstanding team of professionals that includes occupational therapists, physical therapists, rehabilitation nurses, social workers, speech-language pathologists, and recreation therapists. The unit helps prepare patients to return to their homes and communities. Outpatient rehabilitation is also available for patients requiring these services after leaving the hospital.
The type and success of rehabilitation depends on many variables, including:
- Nature and severity of the patient's neurologic disorder or injury
- Type and degree of any resulting impairments and disabilities
- Overall health of the patient
- Family support
We encourage families to be our care partners throughout the patient's recovery period. Social workers are also an important part of our team, supporting families with discussions about what to expect after the initial recovery period and where to obtain further rehabilitation, if needed.