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The Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at the Children's Hospital of Michigan specializes in the rehabilitation and medical management of children with special healthcare needs for conditions including but not limited to: cerebral palsy, brain injury, spinal cord injury, and spina bifida/myelomeningocele, neuromuscular disorders, developmental delay and musculoskeletal conditions.  

Physicians on staff understand how cognitive and physical impairments affect growth and development.  They use this knowledge to work with patients and their families to develop individualized treatment plans to restore or improve function and quality of life. Physicians work closely with the team to manage spasticity, swallowing disorders, developmental therapy needs, and bracing and equipment needs. Procedures including neurolytic injection,  alcohol blocks, and intrathecal baclofen pumps are used as part of the comprehensive spasticity management program.

Disabilities, illness or injuries treated in both the  inpatient and outpatient clinics include:

  • Amputations
  • Arthrogryposis
  • Brachial plexus injury
  • Brain tumors and other childhood cancers
  • Burns
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Cerebral vascular accident
  • Complex regional pain syndrome
  • Gait deviations
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Neuromuscular disease
  • Orthopedic injuries or disorders
  • Spina bifida
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Spinal muscular atrophy
  • Sports injuries
  • Torticollis
  • Traumatic and non-traumatic brain injury

The Children's Hospital of Michigan provides a 14-bed inpatient rehabilitation program certified by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), demonstrating dedication to accountability and compliance with internationally accepted standards of excellence.

A friendly child-centered atmosphere is provided, dedicated to helping children be comfortable during their outpatient visits. Specialty clinics and programs include: Myelomeningocele/Spinal cord injury clinic, Muscular Dystrophy Clinic, Intrathecal Baclofen Pump Program and Alcohol Block Clinic for treatment of spasticity.


For further information or to schedule an appointment call (313) 745-KIDS.

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