Orthopaedic/Musculoskeletal Conditions

The Rusk Institute provides rehabilitation care for patients across the entire spectrum of orthopaedic and musculokeletal conditions, including back, neck, hip, elbow and shoulder disorders, arthritis-related joint pain, and conditions affecting the bones, tendon, ligaments and muscles. We treat both pre- and post-surgical patients (such as people undergoing planned joint replacement or surgery on the spine or extremities) as well as non-surgical disorders and injuries.

Patient Testimonials

Read the stories of patients who have gone through Rusk's Orthopaedic-Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation Program.



Diego Aragon



Diane DeRosa



Joan Grant


Expert Physicians in Orthopaedic-Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation

Each patient’s rehabilitation team is led and coordinated by a physiatrist (rehabilitation physician) from the department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation who specializes in orthopaedic-musculoskeletal rehabilitation medicine. Our physiatrists provide comprehensive muscu­loskeletal and rehabilitative assessments for patients of all ages and at all stages of life. Based on this evaluation, the physiatrist then prescribes and coordinates specific therapies based on each patient’s individual needs and goals. Learn more about the physicians in our Orthopaedic–Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation program and the services they provide:

Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs

Rusk offers specialized inpatient services for a variety of medical conditions and is CARF-accredited for Comprehensive Integrated Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation. Rusk’s inpatient rehabilitation program is patient-centered and team-focused. Our philosophy of patient-centered rehabilitation enables the rehabilitation team to create personalized, interdisciplinary treatment plans that address all aspects of rehabilitation, allowing each patient to return to a maximum level of function.

During the rehabilitation process, patients and their family members work with an extensive multidisciplinary team that has specialized training in the assessment and treatment of patients with musculoskeletal conditions. Depending on the needs of the individual patient, this team, which is coordinated by the attending physiatrist, may include professionals from the departments of Occupational  Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech-Language Pathology, Psychology, Vocational Rehabilitation, Nursing, Social Work, Nutrition, Therapeutic Recreation or Horticulture Therapy.

Outpatient Rehabilitation Programs

Rusk also offers an extensive range of outpatient programs, designed to help clients progress towards their functional goals. To achieve these individual goals, clients and their therapists work to improve strength and coordination while increasing activity levels and decreasing pain.

Depending on the patient’s needs, the following departments may be involved in providing outpatient musculoskeletal services:

  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation offers the services of physiatrists specializing in orthopaedic rehabilitation to assist in the coordination of your care and treatment.
  • Physical Therapy services are provided under the care of licensed physical therapists with specialized expertise in the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions, including training in the McKenzie and Maitland techniques. The staff includes therapists certified as Orthopaedic Clinical Specialists by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).
  • Occupational Therapy services are provided under the care of licensed occupational therapists with advanced training in the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions, including therapists who are Certified Hand Therapists.