Pediatric rehabilitation medicine is the medical specialty focusing on restoring and improving functional movement and abilities in patients from birth to early adulthood. At Weill Cornell Medicine, we are passionate about meeting the needs of each child as they grow and develop — and helping them achieve their full potential.
We understand the importance of physical activity to all children’s physical, cognitive and psychosocial well-being. We provide a customized, team-based treatment approach to meet each child where they are at developmentally.
Compassionate, individualized care for children: Our expert and compassionate team of rehabilitation specialists work side by side with patients and their families to help achieve outcomes that will improve mobility, recreational play, social engagement and quality of life.
After a careful physician evaluation and discussion with caregivers, we prioritize the desires and goals of the family and patient to provide the best treatment plan.
Focus on empowering our patients, parents, caregivers and families: We are passionate about educating our patients, their caregivers and families. We empower you with information, exercises and other tools to help manage and improve overall health, as well as make confident decisions about care.
Multidisciplinary care from leading experts: Weill Cornell Medicine partners with NewYork-Presbyterian, one of the top hospital systems in New York City and the U.S.
When you choose Weill Cornell Medicine, you have access to a network of doctors and specialists. Our pediatric rehabilitation medicine specialists are experts who work closely with other medical subspecialists, physical, occupational and speech therapists, orthotists, psychologists and social workers to ensure each child receives the comprehensive care they deserve.
Our team helps children and adolescents with a wide range of developmental, congenital, musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions. Rehabilitation medicine benefits anyone living with or in need of medical guidance for:
● Spina bifida and other spinal cord conditions
● Brain injury or stroke
● Nerve injury
● Other neurologic conditions, such as multiple sclerosis
● Walking and mobility conditions
● Muscle weakness and fatigue
● Joint stiffness
● Play and fine motor skills
● Delayed development
● Communication, feeding and oromotor (sucking, chewing or swallowing) difficulty
● Muscle tone
● Bracing and orthotic prescription
● Equipment prescriptions
Treatment options: At Weill Cornell Medicine, each patient receives a careful examination to deeply understand the unique condition. Next, our team develops a personalized treatment plan that may include medications to alleviate pain or relax muscles, physical therapy, interventional therapy, orthotics, bracing, occupational therapy or speech and language therapy.
The Weill Cornell Medicine pediatric sports medicine doctors specialize in treating injuries in children, teenagers and young adults, as well as screening athletes of all ages to participate safely in sports.
Our providers care for a variety of athletes and performers, including Olympic sport teams, performing artists such as dancers and musicians, Division 1 college teams and local elementary, middle and high school athletes. Our team diagnoses and treat:
● Sprains and strains
● Ligament injuries
● Minor fractures
● Growth plate injuries
● Overuse injuries
● Cartilage injuries
● Neck and back pain
● Stress fractures
● Sport-related concussions
● Nutrition and supplement issues
● Sport-specific injuries (for example, dance or running injuries)
Sports medicine treatment options for children and adolescents: All treatment is individualized for the patient’s unique condition and goals. Treatment may include medications, physical therapy or joint care.
We also address medical conditions related to sports and activity, including returning to sports after a concussion, and nutrition and supplement concerns.
Whether you visit us virtually through a video visit or you see us in person, you can be assured that we will deliver the highest standards of care with compassion.
The physicians at the Weill Cornell Medicine Department of Rehabilitation Medicine offer patients the highest level of safety and care. As a top-ranked academic medical center, you have access to our extensive network of specialists who provide seamless care throughout your treatment — to promote long-term physical and mental health.