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Specialty Therapy

We offer many advanced and specialized therapy services, including sports medicine therapies, DARI motion analysis and Tigers on Track, a pediatric wellness program, as well as:

Aquatic Therapy

Our experienced therapists provide aquatic therapy at Mizzou Therapy Services-Business Loop and the Children’s Hospital Therapy Center. Our therapists will determine if you or your child is a candidate for aquatic therapy.

Performing therapy in the water allows you to move more freely, facilitating an increased range of motion. The water also serves as resistance, assisting in strengthening. While in the water, your balance and equilibrium responses also are challenged. Sensory impairments also may be improved through the use of water. If your child experiences pain with activity, the water may allow for pain-free movement.

To schedule an appointment, please contact:

Children’s Hospital Therapy Center
525 Keene Street, Suite 101
Columbia, MO 65201
Phone: 573-882-7350
Fax: 573-882-7520

Mizzou Therapy Services-Business Loop
315 Business Loop 70 W.
Columbia, MO 65203

Burn and Scar Management

Our occupational therapists will fit custom compression garments and fabricate custom splints to aid in your healing. We also will fabricate custom burn masks to help prevent buildup of scar tissue through the application of direct pressure.

To schedule an appointment, please contact:

Mizzou Therapy Services at University Hospital
One Hospital Drive
Columbia, MO 65212
Phone: 573-882-8706
Fax: 573-884-4467

Cerebral Palsy Clinic

Located at the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, the Cerebral Palsy Clinic is staffed by a pediatric physiatrist, pediatric orthopaedic surgeon, developmental pediatrician, physical therapist, occupational therapist, dietitian, orthotist, a speech therapist specializing in assistive technology and an equipment vendor. Our health care providers treat patients with all types of cerebral palsy and discuss which procedures or treatments will be most beneficial for your child. Based on your child’s needs, we may also recommend equipment for additional health care professionals.

To schedule an appointment, please contact:

Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders
205 Portland Street
Columbia, MO 65211
Phone: 573-884-6052

Hand Therapy and Splinting

Certified hand therapists are physical therapists or occupational therapists who have logged more than 4,000 hours of direct practice in hand therapy and at least five years of clinical experience. Hand therapists work with the upper limb, which includes the fingers, hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder. Several techniques, including splinting, are used to restore your abilities and prevent further dysfunction.

Hand splints are used to position your child’s hand in an optimal position. Working with your child’s physician, our occupational therapists will determine which type of splint will be best for your child and then fabricate a custom splint to meet your child’s specific needs. Splints can be designed to last until the child outgrows it or designed for a gradual process. You will receive a customized daily wearing schedule for the splint.

To schedule an appointment, please contact:

Mizzou Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine
Missouri Orthopaedic Institute
1100 Virginia Ave, Suite 2132
Columbia, MO 65212
Phone 573-884-0655

Children’s Hospital Therapy Center
525 Keene Street, Suite 101
Columbia, MO 65201
Phone: 573-882-7350
Fax: 573-882-7520

Mizzou Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine – Boonville
1420 West Ashley Road
Boonville, MO
Phone: 660-882-3420

Hemophilia Clinic for Children

Located in the Children’s Hospital Cancer and Blood Disorders Unit, the Hemophilia Clinic is staffed by a pediatric hematologist and oncologist, nurse practitioner, nurses and a physical therapist. Our physical therapist will complete range-of-motion assessments, ensuring there is no lack of movement. Our therapists also will provide stretching programs for home to help ensure adequate range is maintained.

To schedule an appointment, please contact:

MU Women's and Children's Hospital Cancer and Blood Disorder Unit
500 Keene Street, Suite 305
Columbia, MO 65201
Phone: 573-219-3920

High-risk Infant Clinic

Located at the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, this clinic is staffed by a developmental pediatrician, advanced practice nurse, physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech therapist and registered dietitian. These professionals provide comprehensive and ongoing developmental, behavioral and growth assessments. They provide recommendations for care coordination and any other services that may be beneficial for your child.

To schedule an appointment, please contact:

Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders
205 Portland Street
Columbia, MO 65211
Phone: 573-884-6052

Modified Barium Swallow Studies

A modified Barium Swallow Study (MBS) is performed by a radiologist and speech language pathologist, using and x-ray and barium to examine your swallowing skills. During the test your mouth, throat and esophagus is observed to help determine the types of foods and liquids that are safest and easiest for you to swallow.

To schedule an appointment, please contact:

Children’s Hospital Therapy Center
525 Keene Street, Suite 101
Columbia, MO 65201
Phone: 573-882-7350
Fax: 573-882-7520

Mizzou Therapy Services at University Hospital
One Hospital Drive
Columbia, MO 65212
Phone: 573-882-8706
Fax: 573-884-4467

Muscular Dystrophy Clinic for Children

Located in the Pediatric and Adolescent Specialty Clinic at Women’s and Children’s Hospital, the Muscular Dystrophy Clinic is offered in association with the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). The MDA clinic is staffed by a pediatric neurologist, pediatric physiatrist, developmental pediatrician, physical therapist, occupational therapist and a representative from MDA.

In the MDA clinic, we see children diagnosed with a wide range of neuromuscular disorders. We may make recommendations for home exercise programs or modifications, or provide ideas to supplement current therapies. We also participate in the assessment of needs for splints, bracing and assistive devices, including wheelchairs and walkers. Learn more about the MDA at https://www.mda.org

To schedule an appointment, please contact:

Pediatric and Adolescent Specialty Clinic
MU Women's and Children's Hospital
402 Keene Street, Suite 101
Columbia, MO 65201
Phone: 573-882-6921

Seating Clinic for Children

Located in the Pediatric and Adolescent Specialty Clinic at Women’s and Children’s hospital, this clinic is staffed by a pediatric physiatrist, physical therapist, occupational therapist and an equipment vendor. Together these providers assess your child’s need for adaptive equipment and recommend the equipment that will be most beneficial to your child. Our therapists adjust and fit your child’s equipment and provide families with comprehensive education to ensure the child’s safety and proper use of the device.

To schedule an appointment, please contact:

Pediatric and Adolescent Specialty Clinic
MU Women's and Children's Hospital
402 Keene Street, Suite 101
Columbia, MO 65201
Phone: 573-882-6921

Serial Casting for Children

Serial casting is a gradual process used to increase range of motion and decrease spasticity. After taking initial measurements, a physical therapists creates the cast. Changes to the cast will first be made five days later and then on a weekly basis. With each cast change, your child will be casted in an increased amount of range until the desired amount is reached. Depending on the angle in which your child is casted, he or she will be able to walk in the casts once cleared and adjusted by our physical therapist.

To schedule an appointment, please contact:

Children’s Hospital Therapy Center
525 Keene Street, Suite 101
Columbia, MO 65201
Phone: 573-882-7350
Fax: 573-882-7520

Special Needs Clinic

Located at the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, this clinic is staffed by a developmental pediatrician, advanced practice nurse, occupational therapist, physical therapist, speech and language pathologist and registered dietician.

Our team assesses several areas of development, including communication, gross and fine motor skills, adaptive behavior, cognition and social and emotional skills. The providers recommend appropriate treatment, which may include therapies, medication management counseling and resource referrals.

To schedule please contact:

Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders
205 Portland Street
Columbia, MO 65211
Phone: 573-884-6052

Spina Bifida Clinic for Children

Located in the Pediatric and Adolescent Specialty Clinic at Women’s and Children’s Hospital, this clinic for patients with spina bifida is staffed by a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon, pediatric physiatrist, pediatric neurologist, pediatric neurosurgeon, pediatric urologist, physical therapist and occupational therapist. Together with the medical team, patient and family, we work to address any issues and make recommendations to improve the patient’s daily living and function. Our team may recommend equipment, bracing, splinting home exercise programs and home modifications.

To schedule please contact:

Pediatric and Adolescent Specialty Clinic
MU Women's and Children's Hospital
402 Keene Street, Suite 101
Columbia, MO 65201
Phone: 573-882-6921

Vestibular Rehabilitation

Our specially trained physical therapist specializes in the treatment of vestibular disorders, including benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) and unilateral or bilateral vestibular hypofunction, which can be associated with Ménière’s disease, labyrinthitis and vestibular neuritis. Our physical therapist will perform a comprehensive evaluation to determine the source of discomfort. Using this evaluation, the physical therapist will demonstrate and provide exercises as well as other specialized vestibular techniques.

To schedule please contact:

Mizzou Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine
Missouri Orthopaedic Institute
1100 Virginia Ave, Suite 2132
Columbia, MO 65212
Phone 573-884-0655

Women's Therapy Services

The pelvic floor is composed of muscles like the rest of your body. These muscles help support the bladder, uterus and rectum, but also are involved in bowel and bladder continence. Any malfunction of these muscles could lead to pain, incontinence or organ prolapse. Our physical therapists are specially trained to treat these impairments as well as provide treatment for issues during prenatal and postpartum care.

To schedule please contact:

Mizzou Therapy Services-Rangeline
4040 Rangeline St.
Columbia, MO 65202
Phone: 573-884-1587

Workers' Compensation

When you’re injured on the job, our therapists are here to help you recover. Our therapists will work with you to educate and develop strategies, getting you back to work as quickly and safely as possible.

To schedule an appointment, please contact:

Mizzou Therapy Services
Missouri Orthopaedic Institute
1100 Virginia Ave, Suite 2132
Columbia, MO 65212
Phone 573-884-0655

Mizzou Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine – Smiley
University Physicians–Smiley Lane
2325 Smiley Lane, Suite 133
Columbia, MO 65203
Phone: 573-884-1587

Mizzou Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine – Boonville
1420 West Ashley Road
Boonville, MO
Phone: 660-882-3420

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