Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

The Section of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at Nationwide Children's Hospital specializes in the diagnosis and management of children with physically disabling conditions. Our physicians are board-certified specialists in PM&R with additional certification with either Pediatric Board Certification or Pediatric Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Fellowship training. Our physicians are members of the Departments of Pediatrics and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, The Ohio State College of Medicine. The section is actively involved with teaching of medical students and medical residents.

Our Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit is proud to be accredited by both the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation (CARF). We offer a Comprehensive Pediatric Family-Centered Care Inpatient Rehabilitation Program. Our Day Treatment Program can be customized to meet the needs of the patient/family. Our Rehabilitation Clinic is established for follow-up visits, as well as evaluation for potential admission. Read our Inpatient Rehabilitation Program Overview for more information.



  • Baclofen pump evaluation and management

  • Botulinum toxin injections

  • Bracing and prosthetic evaluation and prescription

  • Comprehensive Inpatient Pediatric Family Centered Rehabilitation Program (CARF & JACHO accredited)

  • Concussion Clinic

  • Electrodiagnosis (EMG & NCV)

  • Inpatient Consultation

  • Outpatient evaluation & management of physically disabling conditions

  • Spasticity Management

  • Wheelchair and seating evaluation and prescription


  • Amputation/limb deficiency

  • Anoxic Brain Injury

  • Arthritis

  • BMT

  • Brachial plexus injuries

  • Brain injury - traumatic and non-traumatic

  • Brain Tumors

  • Burns

  • Cancer

  • Cerebral Palsy

  • Conversion Disorders

  • Cystic Fibrosis

  • Developmental Delay

  • Diabetes

  • Down Syndrome

  • Encephalitis

  • Feeding and Swallowing Disorders

  • Guillain-Barré 

  • Hand Injury

  • Head and Spinal Cord Injury

  • Hemophilia

  • Meningitis

  • Muscular dystrophy and muscle disorders

  • Myelomeningocele (spina bifida)

  • Neuromuscular disease

  • Orthopedic Fractures

  • Orthopedic Injuries

  • Orthopedics and Athletic Injuries

  • OT/PT related conditions

  • Peripheral nerve injuries

  • Physical Rehabilitation

  • Physically disabling conditions

  • Post-operative Baclofen Pump insertions

  • Post–operative Dorsal Rhizotomy

  • Prematurity

  • Pulmonary Disorders

  • Sensory Integration Dysfunction

  • Sickle Cell Disease

  • Spasticity and abnormal tone

  • Spina Bifida

  • Spinal Cord Injury and Disease

  • Spinal Cord Tumors

  • Stroke

  • Torticollis

  • Transverse Myelitis

  • Traumatic Brain Injury

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Rachel's Story

Suffering from a brain injury in 2006 when a bullet pierced her head, part of her recovery included Rehabilitation at Nationwide Children's Hospital. Her story provided hope for patients like Ryan (pictured here with Rachel and Rehab dog, Ansley).

Photo of rehab patients, Rachel and Ryan with rehab dog, Ansley

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Fast Facts

July 2015 – June 2016

Inpatient Discharges: 98
Observation and Outpatient-in-a-Bed Discharges: 1
Total Discharges: 99
Average Length of Stay*: 22.5
Average Daily Census*: 6.1
Patient Days*: 2,209
Inpatient Consults: 402
Physical Medicine Clinic Visits: 5,519
Ortho Center Physical Medicine Clinic Visits: 83
Myelomeningocele (Spina Bifida) Clinic Visits: 543
Number of Beds: 12

*Excludes observation and outpatient-in-a-bed patients.

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700 Children's Drive Columbus, Ohio 43205 614.722.2000