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Perspectives: Specialty Pediatrics
Perspectives: Specialty Pediatrics

Patients at Children’s Specialized Hospital Use ZeroG for Optimal Recovery Outcomes

Posted on Jun 25, 2015 by Michele Fantasia, M.D, Physiatrist

Pediatric patients recovering from a spinal cord injury, brain injury or stroke at Children’s Specialized Hospital now have access to ZeroG, cutting edge balance and gait training system that helps patients to walk again. Here at Children’s Specialized Hospital, we include ZeroG in our intensive pediatric rehabilitation hospital program, making us one of only two children’s hospitals in the country to offer the device.

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Rehabilitation for Patients with Injuries Sustained From Multi-Trauma

Posted on Jun 12, 2015 by Christopher Haines, DO, FAAP, FACEP, Chief Medical Officer

The medical field is improving every day, and growing advancements in the healthcare field mean that more and more children are surviving traumatic injuries. As the number of children who survive accidents increases, so, too, does the number of pediatric patients who require rehabilitation for injuries sustained as a result of multiple trauma.

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Alcohol Nerve Blocks an Effective Treatment for Spasticity

Posted on Jun 4, 2015 by JenFu Cheng, M.D., Section Chief, Physiatry

Uncontrolled spasticity is often a hallmark of cerebral palsy, as well as a chronic disorder that can cause pain and lead to muscle contracture and even deformity or dislocation of joints. In the pediatric population in particular, the overactive reflexes and increased muscle tone and tightness associated with spasticity can present many challenges to parents and caregivers with regard to activities of daily living such as dressing and hygiene. Fortunately, when stretching, bracing or casting cannot reduce spasticity, we can turn to another technique: the alcohol block.

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Torticollis Rehabilitation Promotes Necessary Motor Skills

Posted on May 28, 2015 by JenFu Cheng, M.D., Section Chief, Physiatry

Derived from the Latin torta for “twisted” and collum for “neck,” torticollis is a condition characterized by abnormal positioning of the head and neck, typically tilted or turned to one side. It results from damage to or tightening of the sternocleidomastoid muscle connecting the skull with the breastbone and collarbones. The most common form is congenital muscular torticollis (CMT), affecting approximately one in every 250 newborns and possibly caused by restricted movement in utero or trauma during the birthing process. Because torticollis limits an infant’s ability to interact with his surroundings, significant cognitive and motor developmental delays can ensue if left untreated—which is why early diagnosis and torticollis rehabilitation are vital to achieving optimal outcomes.

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Autism Spectrum Disorder: The Importance of Early Diagnosis and Early Intervention

Posted on May 21, 2015 by Uday Mehta, MD, Neurodevelopmental Pediatrician

Diagnosing children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), especially very young children who are first learning to communicate with the world around them, can often be challenging and complex. Parents may remark, “Something is wrong with my child,” but be unable to articulate in exactly what ways. So how do you recognize if your patient has ASD in order to facilitate early diagnosis, which is critical to implementing early intervention?

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