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Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Heakyung Kim, MD
Chief, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Pediatric rehabilitation is critically important for children with physical challenges to help them grow and develop into adulthood and live full and independent lives. The newly established Pediatric Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation service at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital provides care for children with neurological, musculoskeletal, or other disorders, featuring a team of experts with specialized training in the rehabilitation of children.

Our service seeks to improve the quality of life for these children and their families. Pediatric rehabilitation specialists have unique training to assess each child's individual needs, create a personalized program of care, and follow the child as he or she grows to ensure that the care plan is adapted to his or her development.

Physical medicine and rehabilitation medicine focuses on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disorders that involve the nerves, muscles, and bones, or conditions affecting the brain. Rehabilitation physicians, also called physiatrists, treat disorders or injuries that affect movement with the goal of improving function and quality of life.

Rehabilitating children with special needs presents unique challenges. We continually tailor our treatments based on the child's anticipated growth. For example, by using Botox to treat muscle stiffness in young children with cerebral palsy, the physiatrist can manage their symptoms as they grow, reducing the need for multiple orthopedic surgeries. We work closely with families to make sure all the physical and emotional needs of their child are met.

View a CBS news report on the Department's work in this area: How Botox Helped Girl With Cerebral Palsy Walk

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