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If you need therapy for an injury or illness, University of Missouri Health Care’s therapy team offers a broad range of advanced, specialized therapies.

Aerodigestive Clinic

Our Aerodigestive Clinic is for children who have trouble swallowing, breathing or have related gastrointestinal issues in addition to respiratory symptoms. We use an integrated team approach, tailored to your child’s needs.

Burn and scar management

If you experience a serious burn, 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 the buildup of scar tissue through the application of direct pressure.

Cerebral Palsy Clinic

Located at the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, the Cerebral Palsy Clinic is staffed by pediatric specialists, including:

  • Developmental pediatrician
  • Dietitian
  • Equipment vendor for assistive technology
  • Occupational therapist
  • Orthotist
  • Orthopaedic surgeon
  • Physical therapist
  • Physiatrist
  • Speech therapist

Our health care providers treat children with all types of cerebral palsy and discuss which procedures or treatments will be most beneficial for your child.

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:

  • Elbow
  • Fingers
  • Hand
  • Shoulder
  • Wrist

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.

Hemophilia Clinic for Children

Located in the Children’s Hospital [link to Locations page] Cancer and Blood Disorders Unit, the Hemophilia Clinic is staffed by a pediatric specialist, including:

  • Hematologist
  • Nurse
  • Nurse practitioner
  • Oncologist
  • Physical therapist

Our physical therapist will complete range-of-motion assessments, ensuring there is no lack of movement. Our therapists also will provide at-home stretching programs to help ensure your child maintains adequate range of motion.

High-Risk Infant Clinic

Located at the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, this clinic is staffed by a children’s:

  • Advanced practice nurse
  • Developmental pediatrician
  • Occupational therapist
  • Physical therapist
  • Registered dietitian
  • Speech therapist

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.

Human Performance Institute

The University of Missouri Health Care Human Performance Institute is a comprehensive performance resource for young athletes. It provides training that draws on the latest medical evaluation technology. The institute also serves as a research facility for new and ongoing studies related to injuries such as concussions in young athletes.

Intensive therapy

When extremely ill patients with serious or life-threatening illnesses or injuries need very close observation and monitoring. They receive intensive therapy from highly trained doctors and nurses who specialize in caring for critically ill patients.  

Modified barium swallow studies

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

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 specialist and a:

  • Developmental pediatrician
  • Occupational therapist
  • Neurologist
  • Physiatrist
  • Physical therapist
  • Representative from the 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.

Pelvic therapy

The pelvic floor is composed of muscles like the rest of your body. These muscles help support the bladder, uterus (in women) 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.

Seating Clinic for Children

Located in the Pediatric and Adolescent Specialty Clinic at Women’s and Children’s Hospital clinic is staffed by a pediatric specialist and a:

  • Equipment vendor
  • Occupational therapist
  • Physiatrist
  • Physical therapist

Together these providers assess your child’s need for adaptive equipment and recommend the equipment that will be most beneficial. Our therapists adjust and fit your child’s equipment and provide families with comprehensive education to ensure safety and proper use of the device.

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 therapist 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.

Special Needs Clinic

Located at the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, this clinic is staffed by an:

  • Advanced practice nurse
  • Developmental pediatrician
  • Occupational therapist
  • Physical therapist
  • Registered dietician
  • Speech and language pathologist

Our team assesses several areas of development, including:

  • Adaptive behavior
  • Cognition
  • Communication
  • Gross and fine motor skills
  • Social and emotional skills

The providers recommend appropriate treatment, which may include therapies, medication management counseling and resource referrals.

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 specialist and a:

  • Neurologist
  • Neurosurgeon
  • Occupational therapist
  • Orthopaedic surgeon
  • Physiatrist
  • Physical therapist
  • Urologist

Together with the medical team, patient and family, we work to address any issues and make recommendations to improve your child’s daily living and function. Our team may recommend equipment, bracing, splinting home exercise programs and home modifications.

Vestibular rehabilitation

Our physical therapists specialize 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.

Your therapist will perform a comprehensive evaluation to determine the source of discomfort. Using this evaluation, he or she will demonstrate and provide exercises as well as other specialized vestibular techniques.

Workers’ compensation

When you’re injured on the job, our therapists are here to help you recover so you can regain your quality of life and return to work as quickly as possible. Learn more about workers’ compensation treatment.