Pediatric rehabilitation medicine (also known as pediatric physical medicine and rehabilitation or PM&R) helps improve mobility, functional skills and/or communication skills affected by disease or injury.
Brain or spinal cord injuries, and conditions such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, burns, amputations and concussions can all affect children’s mobility, functional skills and/or communication skills. Rehabilitation medicine works on strengthening those skills so that children can function to the best of their abilities.
Pediatric rehabilitation medicine is most often provided by a team of health professionals. Your child may see a pediatric rehabilitation medicine physician (also called a pediatric physiatrist — pronounced “fizz eye ra trist” — or a rehab physician), pediatric rehabilitation psychologists, rehabilitation (rehab) engineers, and specially trained physical therapists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, social workers and nurses.
The goal of pediatric rehabilitation medicine is to help your child achieve as much independence at home and the best quality of life possible.