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Palmetto Health Children's Hospital

7 Richland Medical Park Dr.
Columbia, SC 29203

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Rehabilitation Medicine

Comprehensive rehabilitation services

At our Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Clinic, we offer comprehensive consultation and outpatient rehabilitation services for children and adolescents ages 0 -21.

What is pediatric rehabilitation?

Pediatric rehabilitation physicians specialize in functional ability, offering medications, therapies, and programs to restore skills and mobility to those children and teens facing temporary or permanent disabilities and loss of function. 

We work closely with allied health professionals, including physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language therapists, cognitive education specialists, recreational therapists, child life therapists, nutritionists, social workers, case managers, orthotists and prosthetists, as well as equipment specialists, to maximize functional progress and optimize recovery.

Conditions treated

  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Anoxic brain injury
  • Pediatric stroke
  • Spasticity (tightness or stiffness of muscles)
  • Dystonia (involuntary muscle movements)
  • Multi-trauma
  • Neuromuscular disorders (muscular dystrophies, Charcot-Marie-Tooth, spinal muscular atrophy, etc.)
  • Children with other physical disabilities or deconditioning
  • Acquired brain and spinal cord conditions, such as:
    • Brain or spinal cord tumor
    • Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis
    • Other encephalitis
    • Meningitis
    • Guillain-BarrĂ© syndrome
    • Transverse myelitis
    • Other brain or spinal cord infections and issues
  • Spina bifida
  • Torticollis


We also provide interventional spasticity management, including Botox injections and intrathecal baclofen pump refills and management.

Pediatric Rehabilitation Center – coming soon

We are now building the Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital Pediatric Rehabilitation Center, which will be the state’s first acute inpatient rehabilitation program for children and adolescents, on the 5th floor of the Children’s Hospital.

This service will help children and teens, who experience a sudden decline in their medical and functional status, to maximize their recovery through an intensive, interdisciplinary, and comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation program. Children and teens who will benefit from comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation services include those with brain injury, spinal cord injury, or multi-trauma after a car accident or other trauma; brain or spinal cord infections or conditions; and those with loss of function after a prolonged illness or hospital stay.

Once open, our children and adolescents and their families needing these intensive rehabilitation services will no longer have to leave South Carolina!

For our patients and families, please remember to:

  • Arrive 15 minutes before your appointment to complete a few forms
  • Bring insurance card and photo ID
  • Bring all medications or an up-to-date list of all medications
  • Bring all braces
  • Notify us at least 24 hours in advance, if you must cancel your appointment

Our care team

Colleen A. Wunderlich, MD, MSc

"Dr. Colleen"

Medical Director, Pediatric Rehabilitation Physician

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