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Pediatric rehabilitation

Rehabilitation refers to the process of helping a patient recover from a serious injury or illness. Patients often have to regain strength and learn new ways of completing normal, daily activities. Physical therapy, a branch of rehabilitation, focuses on building strength and mobility after disease, injury or surgery.

Pediatric outpatient therapy in Richmond, Virginia

Our rehabilitation (rehab) center fully supports your child.

At Retreat Doctors’ Hospital, a campus of Henrico Doctors’ Hospital, we understand how it feels to watch your child struggle with an injury or delay. We partner with you and your family to make a treatment plan that yields better outcomes for your child.

Related specialties

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Conditions that benefit from pediatric rehab

We offer therapeutic support for a range of illnesses, injuries and disorders, including:

  • Acute, chronic and non-healing wounds
  • Attention deficit disorder (ADD)
  • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Chromosomal abnormalities
  • Developmental delays
  • Feeding and swallowing disorders
  • Fine motor delays (e.g.: handwriting)
  • Genetic disorders
  • Gross motor delays
  • Lymphedema
  • Prematurity (born prematurely)
  • Prenatal drug exposure
  • Sensory processing disorder

Pediatric rehab services we offer

Whether your child needs speech, occupational or physical therapy, our services support their continued growth and development.

Types of pediatric outpatient therapy

When your child learns a new skill, the proud look on their face is one you won't forget. Our experienced pediatric therapists work hard to create an environment that is fun, encouraging and supportive for your child to grow. We offer individualized pediatric therapy services, from early infant development through adolescence. Our programs include different types of therapy as well as specialized care for more complex or specific conditions.

Pediatric occupational therapy

Occupational therapy can help your child achieve the highest level of independence with:

  • Cognitive, behavioral and social skills
  • Early infant development
  • Executive functioning skills
  • Fine motor skills (handwriting, grasp and dexterity)
  • Gross motor planning and coordination
  • Parent and caregiver education
  • Play skills
  • Self-care (feeding, bathing, dressing, toileting, grooming)
  • Sensory processing and integration
  • Visual-motor, perception and hand-eye coordination
Pediatric physical therapy

Physical therapy can help develop your child's gross motor skills including:

  • Balance and coordination
  • Flexibility and posture
  • Gait Training
  • Gross motor and developmental progression
  • Parent and caregiver education
Pediatric speech therapy

Speech therapy can help your child reach their developmental milestones in:

  • Articulation
  • Expressive and receptive language
  • Feeding and swallowing
  • Fluency
  • Hearing screens
  • Parent and caregiver education
  • Pragmatic language and social skills
  • Voice
Pediatric acute complex care

When multiple medical conditions and symptoms happen at once, it requires complex care — a specialized type of rehabilitative care — to treat. Conditions requiring complex care and rehab include:

  • Brain injuries and comas
  • Catastrophic illnesses
  • Complex or nonhealing wounds
  • Multi-trauma or non-weight bearing injuries
  • Pulmonary conditions
  • Stroke and other neurological conditions
Pediatric complex care treatments

Our complex care team is composed of physicians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists, registered dieticians and nursing staff. We are dedicated to working together to monitor overlapping symptoms and provide treatment based on your child's whole health. Your child may receive treatments that include hyperbaric oxygen or intravenous (IV) nutrition.

As part of your child's complex care treatment, we also provide coordinated inpatient medical and rehab services to help them heal and prepare for a successful transition home or to the next level of care. We are here every step of the way, answering questions and championing your child's fullest recovery.

Lymphedema therapy

Lymphedema is a condition caused by dysfunction in the lymphatic system, resulting in swelling in one or more extremities. Our certified lymphedema therapists provide complete decongestive therapy (compression, skincare, manual lymphatic drainage massage, education and exercise techniques).

Our certified lymphedema and wound therapists manage wounds caused by lymphedema, improving skin integrity and promoting healing. For more information about our lymphedema clinic, please email our office.

Wound therapy

Our certified wound therapists provide comprehensive wound care for all types of wounds. Our therapists collaborate with local physicians to provide outpatient debridement and wound management for acute, chronic and non-healing wounds.