Outpatient Rehabilitation – Treatments & Services

Pediatric Outpatient RehabilitationAt Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, we offer a full range of outpatient rehabilitation treatments and services, including physical, occupational and speech therapy and sports medicine. We offer patient- and family-centered care at several convenient locations throughout South Florida.

Treatments

Aquatic therapy

Aquatic therapy uses water to help increase mobility, improve exercise performance and assist in healing. The buoyancy of water helps support your child’s weight, reducing pressure and stress on the joints to make it easier and less painful to move. Our specialists use aquatic therapy to treat several conditions, including arthritis, chronic pain and post-surgery recovery. It may also improve motor skills in children with cerebral palsy, autism and developmental delays.

Cancer rehabilitation

Cancer rehabilitation helps children with cancer manage the physical, emotional and mental challenges that accompany a cancer diagnosis. Experts from various medical specialties, including physical and occupational therapists, dietitians, social workers and exercise physiologists, work together to lessen the impact of cancer.

Feeding therapy

Feeding therapy helps infants and children who experience feeding disorders, or extreme difficulty sucking, chewing, swallowing or eating. The treatment uses a variety of techniques to help increase food acceptance, improve chewing ability and reduce behavioral issues related to feeding.

Occupational therapy

Occupational therapy helps children with physical, mental or sensory health issues improve their functionality. This therapy helps children master activities of daily living and increase their independence. It can reduce pain, increase strength and endurance, and enhance gross motor skills. Occupational therapy treats many conditions, including birth injuries or congenital (present at birth) disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, autism and mental or behavioral health problems.

Pain management

Pain management addresses chronic pain that remains despite treatment and time. It ranges from physical therapy and guided exercise to medication management, counseling and interventional procedures. Pain management may be necessary to care for severe burns and injuries, headaches, sports injuries or cancer.

Pediatric pelvic floor rehab

Pediatric pelvic floor rehab treats conditions of the pelvis and pelvic floor muscles that can lead to bowel and bladder issues and pain. The therapy uses a variety of techniques, including pelvic floor relaxing, strengthening and breathing exercises to strengthen pelvic floor muscles and improve bladder and bowel control.

Physical therapy

Physical therapy helps children and adolescents with limited movement due to injury, illness or disability. Physical therapists use exercise and other movement techniques to reduce pain, increase mobility and improve your child’s overall quality of life.

Speech-language therapy

Speech-language therapy helps children who have difficulty making sounds or saying words correctly. Specialists use speech-language therapy with children who have problems understanding or using language to communicate. Therapists use various techniques, including play therapy, sound production and speech exercises, to strengthen the mouth muscles and teach proper movement.

Sports medicine

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Sports medicine offers care for injuries sustained while playing sports or doing some form of physical activity. Treatment focuses on restoring movement and may involve a team approach that includes board-certified physicians, physical therapists, certified athletic trainers and other healthcare professionals. 

Vestibular therapy

Vestibular therapy is a form of physical therapy that uses exercise to treat dizziness and balance disorders. Treatment may include exercise, gait and balance retraining, and repositioning maneuvers.

Voice therapy

Voice therapy uses a series of exercises to reduce pressure on the vocal cords, reduce hoarseness and shape healthy vocal behavior. It teaches techniques and strategies for children to use their muscles correctly to produce sound easily. Specialists use voice therapy for children with vocal cord issues or after surgery for conditions such as vocal cord cysts or polyps.

Services

Craniofacial Clinic

The Craniofacial Clinic at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital is one of just four craniofacial care programs in Florida and the only one of its kind in Broward, Palm Beach and Collier counties. We offer advanced, innovative treatment for children with cleft lip, cleft palate and other craniofacial anomalies. We also provide surgical and non-surgical treatment options to help children and adolescents recover and rehabilitate.

Developmental Clinic

We provide comprehensive care for children with developmental or behavioral issues. Our specialists work with children and their families to determine their needs and develop a personalized plan to address challenges with specific recommendations and strategies.

Concussion Clinic

The multidisciplinary team at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital’s Concussion Clinic provides comprehensive diagnosis, treatment and management of concussions in infants, young children and teenagers.

Wheelchair Clinic

Specialists in our Wheelchair Clinic can help ensure that your child’s wheelchair is properly sized and positioned. In addition, we provide training on how to use a wheelchair.

Could outpatient rehabilitation services help improve your child’s ability to move, speak or eat? Call us at 954-265-4000 to schedule a consultation.