The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) recognizes that each person with cerebral palsy has a unique set of physical abilities and medical needs. With this understanding, treatment at RIC begins with a comprehensive evaluation. Our multidisciplinary team consists of physiatrists, therapists and ancillary staff and our expanded treatment team includes neurosurgeons as well as orthopedic surgeons. Collectively, the team identifies factors that might limit functional capabilities and recommends rehabilitation treatment and/or surgical intervention that most benefits the patient.
At RIC, cerebral palsy care is considered over the lifespan of the patient. Services are provided for pediatric, adolescent and adult patients with cerebral palsy. RIC has inpatient therapy, day rehabilitation, outpatient therapy and physician services to support the unique needs of individuals with cerebral palsy.
Outpatient services may be independent of or may directly follow inpatient rehabilitation. The goal in both scenarios is mobility, self-care, education and communication. Other resources available to help cerebral palsy patients include:
- LIFE Center is a resource provided by RIC for information about support groups, classes, government programs, vendors of disability-oriented products/services and disability-specific organizations.
- Prosthetics & Orthotics Clinical Center provides braces or splints as determined by a physical therapist
- Assistive Technology for adults and children (age-appropriate toys with electronic adaptations)
Comprehensive pediatric and adult Cerebral Palsy rehabilitation services are offered at several RIC locations. For more information, call our Toll Free Referral and Information Line: 1-800-354-REHAB (7342), Cerebral Palsy services at the Main Campus at 1-800-883-3931 or visit the locations page of our Web site.