What is Paediatric Rehabilitation Medicine?
A Paediatric Rehabilitation Specialist Doctor assesses and treats children and young people with limitations in function or disability.
Areas of functioning evaluated include mobility, self-care, communication, family life and community interaction along with the psychological and social consequences which may result from limitations in function. The comfort of the child or young person and ease of care of the person by others are also important aspects of functioning which are assessed and managed.
The aim of Rehabilitation Medicine is to allow the child or young person to function at the fullest level they are capable of in physical, mental, social, educational and vocational domains.
Limitation in function or disability can result from a number of causes, such as a disease or injury and includes conditions which are present from birth or acquired later in life. As such, the group of conditions seen by Rehabilitation Medicine Specialists is very broad.
Some common conditions benefiting from Rehabilitation Medicine care include: