The Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation treats and monitors infants, children, and teens at all stages of inpatient and outpatient rehabilitative care. Specialists provide acute care for patients at Children's National Health System as well as sub-acute and post-acute care at HSC Pediatric Center in Washington, DC, and pediatric inpatient care at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital, located next to Children's National.
Children's presence at all three health systems distinguishes our rehabilitative services from other programs around the country by ensuring a continuum of care with Children's doctors and health team members who know a child's medical history and special needs.
Physical Medicine for Kids
Our goal is to help every child reach the highest level of physical, cognitive, and social functioning possible - letting kids be kids and enjoy their childhood. When your child has a disability or injury, it is important to find specialists who understand how these conditions affect a child who is still growing physically and developing neurologically. For children with more complex disorders or illnesses, division experts can coordinate treatment and condition management with pediatric professionals in more than 40 disciplines at Children's National.
We provide state-of-the art diagnostic evaluations and comprehensive rehabilitation services for neurological conditions, traumatic injuries, and congenital physical disabilities, including:
Childrens Rehabilitative Experts
In addition to the division's pediatric physiatrists, physicians who specialize in rehabilitation, the multidisciplinary team includes experts in the following areas:
As a children's hospital, we have the resources and knowledge to promote age-appropriate life skills for optimal growth and development, from daily living skills to play - a kids most important job. Our physical and occupational therapists have advanced training and certifications in a variety of pediatric rehabilitation therapies:
- Constraint induced treatment
- Developmental assessment
- Exercise prescription
- Gait training
- Neuro-developmental treatment
- Physical abilities testing
- Sensory integration
- Standardized testing and assessment for perceptual motor and learning disabilities
- Upper and lower extremity (limb) casting
Advanced Care Clinics
Recognized for our expertise, we care for many of the region's most medically complex patients. The division established comprehensive clinics to meet the unique needs of these patients and their families, including:
Planning Your Appointment
Please arrive at least 15 minutes before your appointment to complete registration at our reception desk. If you are more than 15 minutes late for your appointment, you may need to reschedule. If you are willing to wait, we will do our best to fit your child's appointment into the day's schedule. If you are more than 30 minutes late, your appointment will probably need to be rescheduled.
If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, please call us three days (72 hours) in advance at 202-476-3094.