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Shriners Children’s inpatient rehabilitation program provides the highest quality pediatric rehabilitative care to promote functional independence and a successful transition back to home, school and community life.

Our program is recognized for excellence in admission accessibility, timeliness of care and quality of services.

Our team of board-certified pediatric physiatrists are specially trained physicians who focus on physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R), and are skilled in treating a wide variety of medical conditions. They direct patient care in our inpatient rehabilitation units. Physical and occupational therapists have specialized training in pediatric rehabilitation. Our multidisciplinary care teams provide customized therapies and nursing care to treat conditions ranging from common to the most complex. They will focus on helping your child attain or regain functional independence as they grow and develop throughout their life.

Some locations offer an onsite wheelchair seating clinic staffed by a physical therapist and an assistive technology professional who work together to assess each child’s needs and help in selecting any appropriate assistive devices. In support of addressing all needs of the patient, we also offer child life and recreational therapy services using hobbies and sports, music therapy, or therapy in a warm-water swimming pool.

Family-centered Rehabilitation

Families are critical partners in the development and ongoing reassessment of each child’s care. Our team will work closely with you and your child every step of the way, create a customized treatment plan and method to continually assess progress toward meeting functional goals. The length of stay varies based on a patient’s individualized treatment approach.

From the first day of your child’s stay, the rehabilitation team will work closely with you. The therapy and nursing staff will be involved in daily training during your child's therapy sessions, and you will be taught skills to aid in the transition from hospital to home, making it a smoother transition for you and your child.

Specific treatments and services may vary by location. Please contact a specific location for more information.

We are so thankful for the expert care and all the support we received from Shriners Children's. It was a difficult rehabilitation process, but today Jaszelina can focus on being a kid … and also the moon and the stars.
Shawna, Jaszelina's mom, Northern California
female patient in wheelchair and provider during rehabilitation session

Inpatient Pediatric Rehabilitation Conditions Treated

At our locations offering inpatient rehabilitation, comprehensive care is provided to help children recover function following an illness, injury or surgery.

The conditions we provide rehabilitation for varies by location and may include:

  • Acute amputation
  • Amputation
  • Brain injury
  • Burn injury
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Co-morbidities (may include tracheostomy, CPAP, Bi-PAP, or ventilator assistance in select locations)
  • Deconditioning
  • Functional effects of childhood cancer
  • Multiple trauma
  • Non-traumatic brain injury
  • Orthopedic conditions
  • Other musculoskeletal and neurological conditions
  • Peripheral nerve disorders (e.g. Guillian Barre, acute flaccid myelitis)
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Stroke
  • Transverse myelitis

Inpatient Rehabilitation Multidisciplinary Care Team

Your child will be followed by a multidisciplinary care team that may include the following specialists:

  • Rehabilitation Nurses
  • Nurse Care Managers
  • Child Life Specialists
  • Registered Dietitians
  • Hand Surgeons
  • Neurologists
  • Neuropsychologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Orthotists
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeons
  • Pediatric Physiatrists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Plastic Surgeons
  • Prosthetists
  • Psychologists
  • Recreational Therapists
  • Respiratory Therapists
  • Social Workers
  • Speech-language pathologists
  • Teachers
  • Urologists
provider and patient during rehabilitation session

High Quality, Patient Centered Care

Our multidisciplinary team designs each patient’s rehabilitation plan to improve mobility, daily self-care skills, language and cognitive function related to their age, development, prognosis and home environment.

Inpatient Rehabilitation Services

Care Management

The care management team at Shriners Children's consists of registered nurses and social workers who act as resources for families throughout their plan of care.

Intraoperative Neuromonitoring

Shriners Children's uses neuromonitoring during spinal surgery. This lets our surgeons monitor the nerves and muscles in the lower part of your child’s body during surgery. This helps the spinal surgeons avoid the risk of damage to your child’s nerves.

Motion Analysis

The specialists in Shriners Children’s motion analysis centers collect and analyze movement-related data, like gait analysis, to help treat children with neuromuscular, acquired or congenital disorders.

Music Therapy

At Shriners Children's, we use a holistic approach to treatment. Providing music therapy is just one of the ways that we care for the overall well-being of children.

Neurology Services

Physicians at Shriners Children's can provide early diagnosis, intervention and treatment for neurological disorders as well as ongoing care for a neurological component of a child's condition.

Pet Therapy

Shriners Children’s pet therapy program provides another component to our wrap-around care that our doctors cannot prescribe. Dogs, cats, bunnies and other outgoing animals spread joy to our patients daily.

Speech Therapy

The speech therapy services available to patients at Shriners Children’s benefit children from birth through adolescence who have difficulties with communication and swallowing.

Wheelchair and Seating

Shriners Children's wheelchair, seating and mobility program is a custom seating clinic available to children with seating needs. Practitioners, technicians and volunteers use tools like seat simulation, pressure mapping and hands on adjustments.

Next Steps

Request an Appointment

Families and caregivers seeking treatment should start by contacting us for an appointment.

Log in to the Patient Portal

Parents and guardians of existing patients can email, request records, schedule appointments and more.

Refer a Patient

Physicians and healthcare providers can request appointments, start transfers or contact us with questions.