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Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Our physicians in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, referred to as pediatric physiatrists, assist patients in overcoming functional impairments and medical limitations due to injury or disease. Our goal is to help children increase their independence and to live within the least restrictive means through a number of specialized services housed within our freestanding, family-friendly rehabilitation hospital.

Our pediatric physiatrists provide comprehensive evaluations and collaborate with the family’s pediatrician and the other specialists to coordinate individualized care plans for children with lifelong or disabling conditions. We also provide parental education to help families better understand their children’s conditions, what to expect functionally moving forward, and how to help the child continue rehabilitation at home.

We see patients at the Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation at our Hospital for Rehabilitation campus, at Fairview Hospital on Cleveland’s west side and numerous other locations.

We work closely with your child’s primary care physician to coordinate treatment programs that address a variety of chronic and complex functional impairments, including:

  • Balance and coordination challenges
  • Developmental delays
  • Gait abnormalities
  • Motor control
  • Muscle stiffness or tightness
  • Muscle weakness
  • Poor posture
  • Pain

These issues can stem from injury, disease, or birth-related disorders. For example, we treat children up to age 22 who have:

  • Brachial plexus injuries
  • Brain injury/head injury
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Chronic pain
  • Complex regional pain syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Limb deficiencies and amputations
  • Metabolic diseases
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Musculoskeletal disorders (scoliosis, torticollis, intoeing)
  • Nerve injuries
  • Neuromuscular disease
  • Orthopedic injury
  • Sensory Processing Disorder
  • Spina bifida
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Sports associated injuries
  • Stroke

Our dedicated children’s hospital for rehabilitation is staffed by professionals who are solely focused on children who require specialized medical attention and intensive therapies.

If your child needs additional expertise, we collaborate closely with Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital specialists and are fully backed by the resources of the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic.

Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation is one of a select few accredited, freestanding pediatric specialty hospitals in the United States.

Our pediatric pain rehabilitation program is the only program of its kind in the world accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, which means we have demonstrated our commitment to providing quality of services for the best possible outcomes.

Constraint induced Movement Therapy

Constraint-induced movement therapy (CIMT), is a method of upper extremity rehabilitation for children with neuromotor impairments. CIMT involves constraint of the non-affected upper extremity in combination with intensive therapy and is gaining support as being the best practice in the treatment of children with hemiplegia

Integrative Medicine

Cleveland Clinic Children’s Center for Pediatric Integrative Medicine can complement traditional care by treating the whole child: body, mind, and spirit. Our pediatric physicians and therapists are certified in many complementary therapies, including Acupuncture, E-stim, craniosacral therapy, and other treatments.

Inpatient therapy

Our inpatient therapy services provide a step-down for children with medically complex issues to gain treatment before leaving the hospital. In addition, children who require intensive treatments due to injury or disease can come to inpatient therapy for a period of time, during which they receive coordinated and comprehensive physical, occupational, and speech therapies, among other services.

Outpatient therapy

Our Day Hospital offers children who require intensive medical and developmental therapy full access to the same physical therapy and rehabilitation services as inpatients without requiring overnight hospitalization. Children receive intensive therapy during weekdays and return home each evening.

Pediatric Pain Rehabilitation Program

Our pain rehabilitation program is designed for children and adolescents whose chronic pain interferes with their normal activities. The two-part, three-week program consists of inpatient and day hospital components. The interdisciplinary program takes a rehabilitative approach to helping children accept and manage their manage their pain and to restore daily activities. Our program is the first and only pain rehabilitation program to receive accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

Seating and Wheelchair Clinic

A physiatrist, along with physical and occupational therapists, assess the child’s seating, wheelchair and mobility needs. They assist children who require adaptive equipment to improve their positioning and mobility and promote functional independence.

Spasticity Program

Our dedicated interdisciplinary program serves the needs of children who have cerebral palsy, head or spinal cord injuries, and spina bifida. The team which includes a physiatrist, occupational and physical therapists, collaborates closely with orthopedic surgery and neurosurgery to recognize and understand the complicated nature of spasticity. They work together to evaluate the child’s spasticity, determine the best treatment options and assist the child in overcoming challenges that may interfere with movement and speech.

Upper Extremity and Brachial Plexus Program

Cleveland Clinic Children’s Upper Extremity and Brachial Plexus Program provides collaborative multidisciplinary care for children with conditions affecting the function of hands and arms that may present at birth or may occur later due to injury. Our goal is to help the child get the most functional use of the affected arm or hand using different therapeutic techniques.

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Douglas Henry, MD
 

Douglas Henry, MD

Henry, Douglas, MD
216.448.6179

Location(s): Childrens Hospital for Rehabilitation, Twinsburg Family Health & Surgery Center

Department: Developmental and Rehabilitation Pediatrics

Specialties: Adult Cerebral Palsy, Back Pain in Athletes, Brain Injury in Neonates, Cerebral Palsy, Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT), Myofascial Pain Syndrome, Concussions, Pediatric more

Type of Doctor: Children & Adolescents Only

Surgeon: No

Education: Wayne State University School of Medicine

 
Benjamin Katholi, MD
 

Benjamin Katholi, MD

Katholi, Benjamin, MD
216.448.6179

Location(s): Childrens Hospital for Rehabilitation

Department: Developmental and Rehabilitation Pediatrics

Specialties: Brachial Plexus, Cerebral Palsy, Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT), Cognitive Disorders, Concussions, Pediatric, Developmental Delays, Down Syndrome more

Type of Doctor: Children & Adolescents Only

Surgeon: No

Education: Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

 
Virmarie Quinones-Pagan, MD
 

Virmarie Quinones-Pagan, MD

Quinones-Pagan, Virmarie, MD
216.448.6179

Location(s): Childrens Hospital for Rehabilitation, Richard E. Jacobs Health Center

Department: Developmental and Rehabilitation Pediatrics

Specialties: Acquired Brain Injury, Back and Neck Problems in Athletes, Back Pain in Athletes, Brain Injury in Neonates, Cerebral Palsy, Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT), Complex Pediatric Developmental/learning Disorders more

Type of Doctor: Children & Adolescents Only

Surgeon: No

Education: University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine

 
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