The department of rehabilitation at ACH houses the Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Prosthetics/Orthotics Sections. The therapists and prosthetist/orthotist collaborate with each other and other ACH professionals, where appropriate, as well as with the physician and the patients and their families to establish goals and desired outcome of the respective therapies and orthotics or prosthetics.
Physical and occupational therapists at ACH serve as a resource for community therapists providing information regarding pediatric therapy and collaboration to establish home (community) care for ACH patients.
Physical therapists provide examination, evaluation, PT diagnosis, prognosis and intervention of children with impairment, functional limitations and disabilities, whether resulting from sports injuries, delayed development or chronic and acute disease. The primary services offered to both inpatients and outpatients are exercise, gait training, developmental intervention, hydrotherapy (including therapeutic pool), electrotherapy (including TENS, NMES and biofeedback) and use of lower extremity orthotic and prosthetic devices. Patients are accepted on physician referral.
Sports Rehabilitation Clinic
In order to provide a more comprehensive program, Physical Therapy has collaborated with Adolescent Medicine to provide a sports rehabilitation clinic in an outpatient setting within the ACH Adolescent Center. This program is geared to the adolescent athlete with goals that include decreasing incidence of injuries through prevention and pre-participation screenings. In addition, the program provides rehabilitation to the injured athlete in order to return the athlete to competition as quickly as possible. The Sports Physical Therapists and athletic trainers who provide services in the ACH sports medicine clinic have experience in working with all levels of individuals including professional, Olympic, collegiate and junior and senior high school athletes.
Occupational therapists evaluate and treat children with physical disabilities, developmental delay, perceptual-motor problems and oral-motor difficulties. The primary services offered to both inpatients and outpatients are splinting, determining adaptive equipment needs, seating evaluations, feeding and videofluroscopy swallowing assessments, developmental training, instruction in activities of daily living and evaluation/training in the use of switches and adapted technology. Patients are accepted on physician referral.
Orthotic and prosthetic professionals provide patient care and services to children with neuromuscular or musculo-skeletal disorders of the upper limbs, lower limbs, spine, torso and head. They evaluate, design, fabricate, fit and align braces (orthoses) and limbs (prostheses) to patients with limb deficiencies. They meet the physician’s goals in designing the systems and communicate with the therapists, physicians and families to ensure that functional outcomes are achieved. Patients are accepted upon physician referral.
Exercise and activity classes are offered in the Gerald F. Hamra Therapy Pool Monday through Thursday from 4:30-6 p.m. for children with disabilities. Class time is dependent on the child’s age. The water temperature is 94° F which helps relax tight musculature. The buoyancy of the water helps reduce stress on the joints, while the water itself provides a perfect medium for fun, low-impact activities. Volunteers work with class participants with direction provided by either an occupational, physical or recreational therapist.
Note: This clinic is available to your child by physician referral. Talk with your child's physician and tell him/her you would like to be referred to ACH. Have the doctor contact the Arkansas Children's Hospital Appointment Center to make a referral at 501-364-4000. If your child does not have a regular physician, please call 501-364-4000 and we will be happy to recommend one in your area.