Mount Sinai West Rehabilitation Medicine
The Mount Sinai West rehabilitation center provides expert care to any person in need of outpatient rehabilitation medicine services. Our practice provides a customized and evidence-based approach to ensure optimal recovery to function and health.
Rehabilitation patients in our 25-bed, short-term rehab unit have daily access to the program's intensive physical and occupational therapies, as well as to speech-language pathology and neuropsychologist services. All rehabilitation patients are well cared for by an excellent, around-the-clock rehab nursing and medical staff. Two upgraded private rooms are available on this unit.
The typical length of stay at Mount Sinai West’s Short-Term Rehab Unit is two to three weeks. Rehab patients include those being treated for stroke, traumatic brain injuries, orthopedic conditions, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, amputations, and other general medical or surgical diagnoses.
Specialized Rehabilitation Care
In addition to the physiatrist (a doctor who specializes in rehabilitation medicine), rehab nurses, social worker, neuropsychologist, and home care nurse, the inpatient rehab team at Mount Sinai West includes:
- Occupational and physical therapists, who evaluate and treat deficits in function. These may include, but are not limited to, deficits in gait, balance, transferring (moving from one surface to another), activities of daily living, such as dressing, bathing, and self-care, and strength and endurance. All patients are provided the opportunity to maximize their functional level prior to discharge, enabling them to return to as close a prior level of function as possible. Rehab treatment interventions may include, but are not limited to, therapeutic exercise, gross and fine motor activities, sensory activities, gait, functional mobility, activities of daily living training, prosthetic/orthotic training, and wheelchair or other equipment assessment and training.
- Speech language pathologists, who evaluate and treat people with communication and swallowing disorders, cognitive disorders, including aphasia, dysphagia, dysarthria, as well as voice disorders. They also provide augmentative communication devices, and program these devices to meet the needs of patients. Modified barium swallow studies are performed with radiologists to treat swallowing disorders.
The rehab team at Mount Sinai West meets regularly for interdisciplinary team and patient/family education conferences. This interdisciplinary approach ensures continuity of care and patient and family education, from admission through follow-up after discharge.
Catering to the Needs of Our Rehab Patients
Rehab treatments often take place in our special Independence Square, a series of interactive modules that gives rehabilitation patients opportunities to practice moving through everyday physical situations (such as shopping, taking a bus, and getting into a taxi). Treatments also take place in our well-equipped rehabilitation gyms, training kitchen and bathroom, or at bedside.
One special feature of the rehab unit is a designated dining room. All patients are encouraged to walk to the dining room (if possible) and take their meals in this pleasant setting, complete with a piano.
We also offer patients the popular Beauty Day, in which local hair stylists and makeup artists volunteer their talents to offer patients a makeover.
Inpatient Rehab Consult Service
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation also offers a consult service to Mount Sinai West’s general population of acute-care patients who are experiencing decreased mobility and/or decreased ability to keep up with their activities of daily living following surgery or traumatic events.
When you come to Mount Sinai West, we offer a wide range of services specific to rehabilitation medicine including:
- Orthopedic Rehabilitation
- Physical and Occupational Therapy
- Speech and Language Pathology
- Stroke Rehabilitation
Treatments We Offer
Our highly skilled Mount Sinai Health System doctors offer a variety of the most advanced rehabilitative treatments available, such as:
- Communication and cognitive groups
- Gait and balance training
- Hand therapy
- Post-operative therapy
- Speech therapy
- Manual therapy