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Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine

Description of Services

Pediatric physiatrists are physicians who specialize in the rehabilitation care and medical management of children with brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, neuromuscular disorders, and an array of musculoskeletal conditions. Our physicians understand how cognitive and physical disabilities affect growth and development. They incorporate this knowledge to work with patients and their families to develop and direct individualized treatment programs. At Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC our pediatric physiatrists see patients in the outpatient setting and in the inpatient setting on a consultative basis. Our physicians and nurse practitioner also participate on the Benedum Trauma team.

The physicians and nurse practitioner in the pediatric rehabilitation medicine division provide evaluation and ongoing care to patient in our rehabilitation clinics, Cerebral Palsy and Related Disorders Clinic and the Spina Bifida Clinic. Additionally, regional outreach appointments are available.

Our pediatric physiatrist’s main objectives are to restore or improve function and maximize quality of life. Our physiatrists diagnose, develop treatment plans, and lead a comprehensive rehabilitation team in creating and delivering effective individualized treatment programs. In addition, pediatric physiatrists work to provide continuity of care as patients transition to adult services.

In addition to the Pediatric Physiatrist, multidisciplinary comprehensive teams can include:

  • Certified Registered Nurse Practitioners (CRNP)
  • Nursing
  • Social workers and case workers
  • Physical therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Speech and language therapist
  • Neurologists and neurosurgeons
  • Orthopaedic surgeons
  • Nutritionists

Some of the common conditions pediatric physiatrists treat are:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Spina bifida
  • Neuromuscular disorders
  • Acquired brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Limb deficiencies
  • Gait abnormalities
  • Musculoskeletal conditions
  • Brachial plexus palsy

Referral Requirements

Referrals to see our physicians and/or practitioner are accepted from other physicians, community providers, or by self-referral. Patients enrolled in managed care insurance plans also may require authorization from the insurance provider and primary care physician. All necessary referral and authorization forms must be received before the patient’s visit. For more information, please call 412-692-5097.

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Last Update
April 21, 2014
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