A patient who has suffered a spinal cord injury (SCI) will begin some form of physical rehabilitation as soon as they are able. As their condition improves, they are likely to begin a more extensive rehabilitation program.

A spinal cord injury rehab program is designed to help the patient recover the highest level of function and independence possible. Psychological services address the patient’s emotional needs to help them achieve the best overall quality of life obtainable.

Once a spinal cord injury survivor progresses beyond the acute care phase of recovery, the patient is discharged from the hospital to a specialized SCI rehabilitation center.  Spinal cord rehabilitation centers provide services to spinal cord injury patients on an inpatient or outpatient basis.

Directory of specialized spinal cord injury rehabilitation centers in New York, NY

New York City
HSS Spine Therapy Center
405 E. 75th Street
New York, NY 10021
(646) 714-6850
The Hospital for Special Surgery works directly with spinal injury patients’ physicians to develop specialized programs in in a variety of manual and therapeutic exercise techniques, including the Schroth Method and Pilates.
Mount Sinai Hospital
1450 Madison Avenue at 100th Street
New York, NY 10029
(212) 241-5417
Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Center works with patients who have complex medical needs, and devotes four beds in the SCI unit to individuals who are ventilator-dependent. Outpatient services and specialized programs are also available after hospital discharge. Mount Sinai’s spinal cord injury unit is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).
NYU Langone Medical Center
550 First Avenue
New York, NY 10016
(212) 263-6033 (Therapy services)
The Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine at NYU Langone offers a comprehensive, patient-centered SCI program that is CARF-accredited and designed to help each patient meet their rehabilitation goals through treatment plans tailored to their unique needs and circumstances. The Rusk Institute is ranked No. 9 among U.S. News Best Hospitals for rehabilitation, the highest ranking of any NY hospital on the list.
Upstate New York
Burke Rehabilitation Center
785 Mamoroneck Avenue
White Plains, NY 10605
(888) 99-BURKE (992-8753)
Burke’s Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Program serves adolescent through elderly patients with traumatic spinal cord injury, spinal tumors and degenerative diseases. Burke Rehabilitation Center, part of the New York Presbyterian Healthcare System, also offers education sessions designed to teach the patient’s family to assist in the recovery process.
Helen Hayes Hospital Center for Rehabilitation Technology
51-55 Route 9W North
West Haverstraw, NY 10993
(888) 707-3422
The HHH Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Program addresses all of the complex effects of spinal cord injury, including paraplegia and quadriplegia, respiratory disorders, bowel and bladder dysfunction, skin care and wounds, spasticity, and emotional and psychological issues. Rehab staff includes a board certified physiatrist with specialty in SCI Medicine, and Certified Rehabilitation Nursing specialists. Helen Hayes Hospital Center is operated by the New York State Department of Health and is affiliated with the New York Presbyterian Healthcare System.
Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital
1270 Belmont Avenue
Schenectady, NY 12308
(518) 382-4500
Each patient of Sunnyview’s Center for Spinal Cord Injury receives an individualized treatment plan that consists of an array of rehabilitation services, including specialty services designed specifically for the patient. Sunnyview provides services for people of all ages, from pediatric patients to seniors. Sunnyview has earned CARF accreditation for its Comprehensive Integrated Inpatient Rehabilitation Program (CIIRP), as well as for its brain injury and stroke specialty programs.