Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
At The Children’s Institute, we have a full staff of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation specialists, also known as Physiatrists or PM&Rs. Our physiatrists see patients on both an inpatient and outpatient basis.
What is a Physiatrist?
These doctors are nerve, muscle and bone experts with a focus on developing comprehensive programs to restore and improve moment. They excel at:
- Diagnosing and treating pain
- Restoring maximum function lost through injury, illness or disabling conditions
- Treating the whole person, not just the problem area
- Providing non-surgical treatments
- Communicating with family and patients
A critical member of The Children’s Institute’s Team
By combining their expertise with that of other team members, our Physiatrists able to develop individual treatment plans that optimize each child’s functional ability. In addition, physiatrists determine whether adaptive equipment is part of the treatment, and collaborate with the team to order orthotics, prosthetics, wheelchairs, and other equipment.
Innovative tests and treatments
Our physiatrists are experts in their field, and constantly are exploring new, innovative tests and treatments to better diagnose and manage orthopedic and neurological impairments, for example:
- Electromyography: A technique for evaluating and recording the electrical activity produced by skeletal muscles.
- Botox: A therapy that can be used to treat the muscle spasms associated with Dystonia and, when used in conjunction with physical therapy, can help patients strengthen their weak muscles and restore normal movement.
- Baclofen: A therapy that decreases spasticity, prevents or limits contractures, and improves comfort and range of motion.