Pediatric rehabilitation medicine is a small but far-reaching field. This chapter aims to introduce the reader to the common diagnoses encountered in pediatric rehabilitation and to review common therapies and complications. Many of the diagnoses are best managed by intradisciplinary treatment teams, including a pediatric physiatrist and other appropriate professionals (pediatric therapists, neurologists, neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, urologists, psychologists, orthotists, educators, developmental pediatricians, social workers, nurses, etc.).


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Key References and Suggested Additional Reading

  1. Alexander M, Molnar G, eds. Pediatric rehabilitation. PM & R State of the Art Reviews, Vol. 14, No 2, Philadelphia: Hanley & Belfus; 2000.Google Scholar
  2. Koman LA, Smith BP, Shilt JS. Cerebral palsy. Lancet 2004; 363: 1619–1631.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Molnar G. and Alexander M, eds. Pediatric Rehabilitation, 3rd ed. Philadelphia: Hanley and Belfus; 1999.Google Scholar
  4. Rosenbaum PL, Walter SD, Hanna SE, et al. Prognosis for gross motor function in cerebral palsy: creation of motor development curves. JAMA 2002; 288:1357–1363.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jilda N. Vargus-Adams
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  1. 1.Division of Pediatric Rehabiliation, Clinical Pediatrics and Clinical Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical CenterUniversity of Cincinnati College of MedicineCincinnati

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