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    Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

    Children with disabilities resulting from trauma, disease or a congenital condition receive specialized care from physiatrists at Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU's Pediatric Rehabilitation Program.

    Our goal is to restore skills and mobility to children who face temporary or permanent physical disabilities or loss of function.  Medications and therapies focus on the whole child, addressing not just the medical issues, but also the physical, psychological, social, developmental and vocational concerns involved in the loss of motor skills. Areas of program emphasis include: 

    • Cognition
    • Communication
    • Daily living activities
    • Physical activities
    • Social interaction skills

    Specialized Services

    Children from birth to age 21 may be scheduled for daily therapy, or one to two hours per week, depending on the diagnosis. Rehabilitation programs are individualized for the following conditions:

    • Amputation (orthotic and prosthetic evaluation)
    • Baclofen pump evaluations (medication for spasticity)
    • Brachial plexus injuries (nerve damage affecting the shoulder)
    • Brain injury, multiple trauma (See TBI Clinic)
    • Burns
    • Cardiac issues
    • Cerebral palsy
    • Chronic pain
    • Deconditioning and myopathies following prolonged critical illness
    • Muscular dystrophy and neuromuscular disorders
    • Myelodysplasia (malfunctioning bone marrow)
    • Neurologic disorders, including stroke
    • Obesity
    • Pain disorders
    • Pressure sores
    • Rheumatologic disorders
    • Spasticity management
    • Spina bifida
    • Spinal cord injury
    • Sports injury
    • Torticollis (abnormal head or neck position)

    Team-Based Treatment

    Your child's care team will be led by a pediatric physiatrist -- a physician with special training in functional ability – who will coordinate services with a variety of other specialists.  Depending on your child's condition, the team may include specialists in:

    • Assistive technology
    • Day patient coordination
    • Nutrition
    • Pastoral care
    • Physical, occupational and speech/language therapy
    • Psychology
    • Rehabilitative medicine
    • Respiratory therapy
    • Social work
    • Therapeutic recreation

    The child's family, including siblings, are important members of the team. All are encouraged to participate in care planning and treatment to ensure that support continues at home.

    Appointments and Locations

    To make an appointment with a pediatric physiatrist, call (804) 228-5818.

    Services are provided at the Brook Road Campus and at 4 therapy centers:

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