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Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine

Physical medicine and rehabilitation, also called physiatry, is the branch of medicine emphasizing the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disorders particularly related, but not limited, to the nerves, muscles, and bones that may produce temporary or permanent impairment or disabilities. Physiatry is unique among medical fields in that its area of expertise is the functioning of the whole patient, as compared with a focus on an organ system or systems. Pediatric physiatrists specialize in pediatric rehabilitation medicine.

Led by pediatric physiatrist Edwin Cruz-Zeno, MD, Connecticut Children’s pediatric rehabilitation medicine program diagnoses and manages congenital and childhood-onset impairments and works using an interdisciplinary team approach to improve a child’s mobility and daily function at home, in the community, and at school by prescribing medications, braces/orthosis, prosthesis, medical equipment and therapies among others. The assessment includes the child’s abilities and disabilities taking into consideration normal growth and development expected for the particular age.

Common diagnosis and conditions we treat or manage include:

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Spina Bifida/Myelomeningocele
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Congenital/Acquired limb amputations
  • Torticollis
  • Plagiocephaly/Brachycephaly
  • Spasticity – including botulinum toxin and alcohol injections, intrathecal baclofen pumps
  • Genetic Disorders
  • Muscular Dystrophies
  • Neuromuscular Disorders
  • Gait Abnormalities
  • Braces and Medical Equipment Needs
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