Clinical Programs

Inpatient Care

Inpatient pediatric rehabilitation medicine consists of a combination of consulting services and inpatient interdisciplinary care. Typically the inpatient program services individuals who have newly acquired brain injuries, spinal cord injuries or multiple traumas. These individuals require daily therapy to re-establish functional ability. 

The inpatient services include:

  • Assess patients early in their hospital stay
  • Complete consultations
  • Recommend required therapy
  • Apply the criteria for the inpatient programming
  • Plan transition to rehabilitation
  • Work as part of the interdisciplinary team
  • Direct goal oriented interdisciplinary rounds
  • Plan therapeutic passes
  • Facilitate transition to outpatient programming 

Outpatient Care 

Pediatric Medical Rehabilitation provides ambulatory care in a number of clinics including:

  • The Neuromuscular Clinic (CHEO)
  • The Spina Bifida Clinic (CHEO)
  • The Outpatient Rehabilitation Clinic / Acquired Brain Injury Clinic (CHEO)
  • The Assessment Clinic / Cerebral Palsy Clinic (OCTC)
  • The Botox / Spasticity Clinic (OCTC)
  • The Adult Cerebral Palsy Clinic (The Ottawa Rehabilitation Center)  

There are approximately 400 to 600 patient visits annually, including approximately 100-150 new consultations.

Once a month, there may be an opportunity to observe or participate in the injection of Botulinum toxin into children with spasticity. This procedure is typically done under anesthesia guided by electrical stimulation and/or ultrasound.

Clinical Problems and Diseases Evaluated and Followed

  • In-patient rehabilitation acquired brain injury (ABI), spinal cord injury (SCI), multiple trauma 

Neuromuscular Clinic

  • Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Congenital Muscular Dystrophy, Myotonic Dystrophy, Charcot Marie Tooth, Spinal Muscular Atrophy 
  • Spina Bifida Clinic (myelomeningocoele and tethered cord)
  • Spasticity Management / Botox assessment clinic at the Ottawa Children’s Treatment Clinic
  • Assessment Clinic/ Cerebral Palsy clinic (OCTC)


Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO)

Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre (OCTC)

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