Physical Medicine Rehab

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.

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

Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation is staffed by professionals who are solely focused on children who require specialized medical attention and intensive therapies. It is also 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.

What We Treat

What We Treat

Our pediatric physiatrists 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:



Acquired Brain Injury Multidisciplinary Clinic

Children with brain injuries can have difficulty with behavior, cognition, and communication, which can cause significant stress on the child and their family. Our multidisciplinary acquired brain injury team typically includes a physiatrist, psychologist, social worker, as well as recreational, speech, and occupational therapists who work together to help guide families in dealing with behavior difficulties with the goal of promoting the child’s success in school and recreational activities.

Cerebral Palsy Multidisciplinary Clinic

Our team includes a physiatrist, developmental pediatrician, nutritionist, social worker, and physical therapist. The team is dedicated to working together to evaluate and follow children with cerebral palsy throughout their development to ensure they receive the services, medications, and equipment they need to reach their full potential at school and at home.

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 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.

Additional Treatments





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