Rusk Rehabilitation at NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital


Some conditions or injuries, such as stroke and brain damage, may require you to receive 24-hour daily rehabilitation care before you go home after a hospital stay. Rusk Rehabilitation specialists at NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital provide the care and resources you need to achieve your treatment goals.


For more than 25 years, US News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals” have ranked Rusk Rehabilitation as the best rehabilitation program in New York State and among the top 10 programs in the country.

Conditions we deal with

Our rehabilitation experts work with adults and children who have a variety of diagnoses and treatment needs related to traumatic and non-traumatic brain injury, chronic neurological conditions, orthopedic and musculoskeletal conditions, spinal cord injuries and accidents cerebrovascular.

Experts in our Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program specialize in treating adults and children with severe traumatic brain injuries caused by falls, car crashes or self-inflicted gunshots. They also treat people with mild to moderate brain damage and neurological conditions, including the following:

Our stroke rehabilitation specialists provide care to adults and children who have suffered all forms of stroke and need physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and swallowing therapy, as well as counseling in part of their recovery.

Our pediatric rehabilitation services for children are provided by the Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital of NYU Langone.

Rehabilitation therapy services

Our physiatrists, physicians specializing in rehabilitation medicine, identify your specific medical needs and create an individualized rehabilitation plan with realistic treatment goals. They work in conjunction with physiotherapists and occupational therapists to help you achieve the best possible outcome.

Excellence in rehabilitation

Our head injury rehabilitation, stroke rehabilitation, and pediatric rehabilitation programs at NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital have been accredited by the Rehabilitation Facilities Accreditation Commission (CARF).

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Your rehabilitation team includes a Registered Nurse (RN), Patient Care Technician (PCT), and Nurse Manager, who provide 24-hour care and help you prepare for therapy sessions.

To begin a rehabilitation program, you must be physically able to undergo more than three hours of therapy per day. All of our patients receive both physiotherapy and occupational therapy and social worker care. Depending on your treatment plan, you may also receive speech therapy and swallowing therapy, occupational therapy, and care from neuropsychiatrists, neuro-ophthalmologists, nutritionists, and psychologists.

We use the latest rehabilitation technologies as part of our therapeutic services, including the following:

  • Lokomat®, a robotic device that helps people with neurological conditions resulting from head trauma or stroke learn natural walking patterns
  • a non-gravity aerial harness that helps people train to walk and balance in a safe environment
  • Armeo®, a robotic device that helps people with weak shoulders relearn arm movements
  • virtual reality technology to help manage pain and anxiety

We also offer complementary programs designed to promote emotional healing. You can take recreational therapy, which uses art and music to relieve stress; horticultural therapy; and pet therapy.

When you have completed inpatient care, your rehabilitation team will determine if you need outpatient care at one of our NYU Langone outpatient care centers, need home care services, or need home care services. be referred to a subacute rehabilitation center for additional inpatient services.

Contact us

Maria-Cristina Tafurt, ABD, MA, OTR / L, is the Site Director for Rehabilitation Therapy Services at Rusk Rehabilitation at NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital. Rusk Rehabilitation also provides inpatient services to Rusk Rehabilitation at Tisch Hospital and Rusk Rehabilitation at NYU Langone — Brooklyn Hospital. Your social worker or case manager can help you determine which of the three hospital sites is best for your care needs and request a referral. To inquire about inpatient admissions to Rusk Rehabilitation at NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital, please call 212-263-6034.


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