Post-Orthopedic Surgery Program

Who We Are:

Unique to Kennedy Krieger Institute is the ability to transition from operative care to intensive post-operative therapy services, thus maximizing surgical benefit. Our rehabilitation experts in the Post-Orthopedic Surgery Program offer services for children and adolescents who have had surgery related to congenital, developmental, neuromuscular, and post-traumatic orthopedic conditions. Our staff are experts in the care of various neurodevelopmental disorders including cerebral palsy, spina bifida, and muscular dystrophy.

Our Team:

Our clinicians follow a true interdisciplinary approach, collaborating on individualized treatment plans to address the different needs of children and adolescents recovering from orthopedic surgery. Depending on each patient's individualized needs, the team may include:

  • Pediatric rehabilitation physicians
  • Orthopedic surgeons
  • Physical therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Social workers
  • Nutrition
  • Nurses
  • Therapeutic recreation and child life specialists

We also provide consultative services, as needed, in areas that include:

  • Psychiatry
  • Pediatrics
  • Pediatric psychology and neuropsychology
  • Education and hospital-based school services
  • Speech/Language therapy
  • Complementary and alternative therapies (e.g., massage, energy, acupuncture, etc.)
  • Other medical diagnostic consultations (e.g., neurology, etc.)

Comprehensive therapy is provided following surgery for a variety of causes, including:

  • Bone tumors
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Congenital limb deficiency and deformity
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Scoliosis
  • Spina bifida

Our Treatment Approach:

In coordination with the patient, family, and interdisciplinary team, daily attainable goals are developed for each patient in order to maximize success. Primary goals include improving mobility, balance, strength, range of motion, gait, and activities of daily living. During their stay, patients receive intensive coordinated therapies tailored to their needs and medical condition. In addition, children spend time in the therapy center, which uses leisure and recreational activities to facilitate treatment goals. The ultimate goal is to prepare the patient for re-entry to school, home, and community activities.

For information about orthopedic services available to patients on an outpatient basis, please visit our Orthopedic Outpatient Clinic.