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Outpatient Pediatric Physical Therapy - Mary Free BedOur outpatient pediatric physical therapy services and follow-up clinics provide comprehensive care for your child or teen as he or she grows. Many of our young patients are graduates of our pediatric inpatient program who receive ongoing treatment through our unique continuum of care. We also treat patients who’ve been referred to us from external sources.

Your child’s outpatient care begins with an evaluation. A treatment plan is created to meet your child’s individual needs and goals. The length of your child’s prescribed treatment may vary from a few sessions to several months.

Our available pediatric programs, clinics and services include:
• Brachial Plexus Injury Program (see description below)
• Concussion
Center for Limb Differences
Cerebral Palsy Program
Day Rehab Program
Feeding Program
• Myelodysplasia Clinic (see description below)
• Orthopedic Clinic (see description below)
• Scoliosis Clinic (see description below)
Spasticity Management
Speech & Language Program
• Spinal Cord Injury (see description below)
Torticollis & Plagiocephaly Program

Please note the Pediatric Muscular Dystrophy Clinic is no longer offered at Mary Free Bed. Please visit Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital for services.

Holland Pediatrics
Pediatric outpatient services are available through Mary Free Bed Holland Pediatrics. Each of our occupational and physical therapists have specialized pediatric training and years of experience treating torticollis and plagiocephaly, feeding conditions and concussions. Your pediatrician makes a referral to Mary Free Bed requesting your child receive rehabilitation at the Holland location (3290 North Wellness Drive, Building D, Suite 170, Holland, MI, 49424).

Specialized Spaces and Treatments for Young Patients
Our Outpatient Therapy Center offers a variety of specialty therapy areas to meet your child or teen’s needs during their pediatric rehabilitation and therapy. Here, your child will work one-to-one with his or her therapist and other professionals.

Among the features of our Pediatric Outpatient services:
• Child-friendly spaces and décor
• 4 therapy gyms
• Individual treatment spaces
• Child-sized therapy equipment and toys

Your child or teen also has access to a variety of on-site specialty services including:
• Orthotics & Prosthetics
• Motion Analysis Center
• Biofeedback Laboratory for Neuromuscular Rehabilitation
• Driver Rehabilitation
• Michigan Rehabilitation Services
• Rehab Technology Center

If needed, our therapists can provide home, school or job site evaluations, as well as evaluations and treatment for recent innovative technology.

We require a prescription from your child’s physician in order to begin with the evaluation and treatment. Once we receive the prescription and verify insurance coverage, we’ll contact you to schedule your child’s initial therapy evaluations. Your child must be able to tolerate treatment and have transportation to the outpatient facility. Our outpatient schedulers can offer information on possible community transportation resources.

SCHEDULING & QUESTIONS

For additional information, please call:
616.840.8005 
800.668.6001

Brachial Plexus Injury

A brachial plexus injury can affect how your child participates in everyday activities like play, school and self-care. These nerve injuries, sometimes referred to as Erb’s palsy or Klumpe’s palsy, can limit the strength and mobility of the affected shoulder, arm or hand. There are a variety of therapeutic options to help your child enjoy greater use of these.

Treatment for a brachial plexus injury includes an evaluation and personalized treatment plan provided through our Outpatient Therapy Center in Grand Rapids. The evaluation process includes interviews with you and other caregivers, coupled with a comprehensive review of your child’s medical history. We observe how your child performs tasks like crawling or walking, reaching for and playing with toys, eating and dressing. We assess your child’s range of motion, sensation, muscle strength and coordination.

Individualized therapy sessions are scheduled if the assessment indicates a need for brachial plexus treatment. We use play and other fun activities to engage your child in therapy sessions that may include gentle stretching and strengthening exercises and sensory techniques. We also demonstrate coordination exercises to increase hand grasp and mobility and adaptive techniques for dressing, bathing and eating.

Depending on your child’s needs, your therapist may recommend specialized brachial plexus treatment, such as splinting, massage, kinesiotape, pool therapy, threshold electrical stimulation (TES) or neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES). Our Pediatric Brachial Plexus Injury Program services are available with a prescription from your child’s physician.

Myelodysplasia Clinic

The Pediatric Myelodysplasia Clinic at Mary Free Bed offers specialized, comprehensive treatments and services for children with spina bifida and related disorders. Our rehabilitation services are personalized to support and promote your child’s independence in things like mobility, self-care and communication. Your child’s team collaborates to provide you and your child with the techniques and activities that will support your rehabilitation goals.

Among the services provided by our multi-disciplinary team:

• Physical medicine and rehabilitation
• Physician evaluation and follow-up (including specialty physician evaluations, such as orthopedic or neurosurgeon)
• Nursing services and care coordination
• Therapy evaluations (including physical and occupational therapies)
• Dietitian evaluation
• Medical social work evaluation
• Coordination with orthotics
• Evaluation for customized wheelchairs

Orthopedic Clinic

The Mary Free Bed Pediatric Orthopedic Clinic specializes in treating children with orthopedic issues. Our services are designed to enhance your child’s life by promoting independence in things like mobility and self-care.

Our clinic physicians and staff offer specialized, expert care with services that include:

• Physician evaluation and follow-up
• Nursing services/care coordination
• Coordination with orthotics

Scoliosis Clinic

The Mary Free Bed Pediatric Scoliosis Clinic specializes in treating children and teens with scoliosis. Our services are designed to enhance your child’s life by promoting independence in things like mobility, self-care and comfort.

Our clinic physicians and staff offer expert care with services that include:

• Physician evaluation and follow-up
• Nursing services/care coordination
• Coordination with orthotics

Spinal Cord Injury Clinic

Children and teens with spinal cord injury benefit from ongoing, specialized rehabilitation care. The Mary Free Bed Pediatric Spinal Cord Injury Clinic specializes in treating children and teens with spinal cord injury. Our services are designed to enhance your child’s life by promoting independence and functional ability with things like mobility, self-care and communication. Our therapists also provide you and other caregivers with techniques and activities to support your child’s goals.

Our clinic physicians and staff offer expert care with services that include:

• Physician evaluation and follow-up
• Nursing services/care coordination
• Therapy evaluation