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Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine

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 Medical Center 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 medical centers 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:

Children’s 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 kid’s most important job. Our physical and occupational therapists have advanced training and certifications in a variety of pediatric rehabilitation therapies:
  • Bracing
  • 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:

Research and Clinical Trials

Through research conducted at the Children’s Research Institute and collaborations with other organizations, Children’s doctors and medical teams are putting the latest research into practice, improving outcomes and patient well-being. We are making breakthroughs in treatments and leading research towards finding cures for neuromuscular disorders and related conditions.

Children’s National is the coordinating center for the Cooperative International Neuromuscular Research Group , the world’s largest clinical trials network for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. CINRG was founded at Children’s National in 1999, and the group’s state-of-the-art facility is located at the hospital. Scientific Director Eric Hoffman, PhD, is a world-renowned genetic researcher and also serves as Director of the Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Center at Children’s National.

CINRG’s global network of physicians, physical medicine specialists, and scientists share a common goal to identify the causes of the disease, improve treatment therapies and quality of life for neuromuscular disorder patients and their families, and to ultimately find a cure.

To learn more about enrolling your child in a research study or clinical trial, speak with your child’s doctor, nurse, or other care team members.

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Contact information

Our call center is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call the phone number listed below and select the appropriate option to schedule an appointment at Children’s National Medical Center or a regional outpatient center, and connect to related services.

Telephone: 202-476-3094

Appointments Select Option #2
Prescription Refills Select Option #3
Letters of Medical Necessity & Equipment Select Option #4
Billing Select Option #5
Insurance Preauthorization and/or verification Select Option #6
Medical Records Select Option #7
Hospital Operator 202-476-5000
Division Fax 202-476-5979

During busy periods, you may need to leave a message. We will return your call within 48 hours. To reduce wait times for appointments at busier clinics, please schedule follow-up appointments at the time of your clinic visit or as soon as possible.

Currently our physicians see patients at the following locations: Therapists see patients at: 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.

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