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Pediatric Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Why choose Ochsner Health for pediatric physical medicine and rehabilitation?

Children with functional disorders and complicated medical needs require specialized care from multiple specialists. Pediatric physical medicine and rehabilitation brings many of these experts together. At Ochsner, we’re home to the most experienced team of pediatric rehabilitation medicine specialists in Louisiana and Mississippi.

The goal of pediatric physical medicine and rehabilitation is to help children obtain and maintain function and independence. We consider all aspects of a child’s care to help children perform tasks of daily living and focus on being a kid.

Our specialists provide consultation and care at multiple locations to serve residents of Louisiana and Mississippi. Find a location near you.

Pediatric physical medicine and rehabilitation helps when children have complex care needs and problems with function. We care for children with conditions that affect motor skills. These issues may be physical disabilities present at birth or caused by an accident. These issues often result in complications, such as language or social problems. When they do, we address these as well.

Our pediatric physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists see children with the following conditions, among many others:

  • Cerebral palsy

  • Developmental disorders

  • Genetic disorders

  • Multiple sclerosis

  • Muscle weakness caused by pediatric cancer treatment

  • Spinal cord injury

  • Traumatic brain injury/concussion

Depending on your child’s needs, pediatric physical medicine and rehabilitation services may include:

  • Medication

  • Physical therapy, occupational therapy and/or speech therapy

  • Use of various assistive devices

Through Ochsner’s comprehensive program, you have access to proven therapies for a variety of conditions. We also offer unique therapies not available at many other facilities in the area.

Currently, we’re one of the only locations in the South to offer exon-skipping medication, a cutting-edge therapy for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Given through an IV once a week, exon-skipping therapy safely reduces the symptoms of Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

To meet your child’s diverse needs, Ochsner takes a multidisciplinary, family-centered approach. Some pediatric specialists who may help your child during pediatric physical medicine and rehabilitation at Ochsner include:

  • Advanced practice providers (nurse practitioners and physician assistants)

  • Developmental pediatricians

Ochsner’s pediatric physical medicine and rehabilitation services follow your child into the community in several ways.

1. We work with the education system to ensure children’s needs are met. Our team members regularly visit local school systems to educate teachers and school administrators through group presentations and one-on-one conversations. We also write out instructions and directives for your child’s individualized education program (IEP). This helps teachers understand how to guide your child toward classroom success.

2. We connect you to clinical trials. To ensure every child has access to the most appropriate treatment plan, we stay current on ongoing clinical trials. If your child would benefit from such a trial, we help you determine whether your child will benefit and guide you through the process.

Frequent medical visits take a lot of time, especially when therapists and others need to see your child in person. But sometimes, being present physically isn’t vital. Some medical visits can take place online. Our pediatric physical medicine and rehabilitation team takes advantage of this any time it is appropriate.

Through a secure online connection, follow-up visits occur in the comfort of your home. All you need is an internet connection and a computer, tablet or smartphone. There’s no driving or waiting in traffic. With virtual visits, your Ochsner team comes to you, making life easier for the patient and their family.

Ask your team members to learn if your next appointment can be a virtual visit.

Managing complex care needs can be expensive. Ochsner works with families to offer financial assistance for pediatric physical medicine and rehabilitation when possible.

Our financial professionals can answer insurance questions and find programs, such as waivers, to cover the cost of any medical equipment or treatments that insurance does not cover. We can also help file paperwork to waive tax liabilities for home modifications, such as wheelchair ramps.

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Pediatric Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Locations

Ochsner Lafayette General Medical Center
1214 Coolidge St.
Lafayette, LA 70503
  • Open 24/7