The health and safety of our patients, families and staff is our highest priority. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is requiring hospitals to meet established criteria as part of the state’s reopening plan. Effective March 22, 2021, Massachusetts moved into phase four of its reopening plan in accordance with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s guidance plan for reopening.

If your child has an upcoming appointment, please contact your local Shriners Hospitals for Children location.

Screening protocol and updated policies at the Springfield Shriners Hospital.

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Rehabilitation services

Rehabilitation services

The rehabilitation department specializes in evidence-based pediatric physical therapy (PT), occupational therapy (OT), and speech and language pathology for children, with a range of orthopaedic, neurologic and sports-related diagnoses. Individualized therapy is provided to both inpatients and outpatients in a relaxing, child-friendly environment. Outpatient pediatric physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech and language pathology services are offered to the community. Please call the rehabilitation department manager at 413-735-1356 for inquiries.

A highly skilled team

Physical and occupational therapists and speech and language pathologists are trained and hold advanced certifications in various treatment approaches, such as selective functional movement assessment, functional movement screening, neurokinetic therapy, craniosacral therapy, manual therapy, neurodevelopmental therapy, SCHROTH Method and Pilates. Treatment is held in our state-of-the-art gym or private rooms.

One of the unique benefits to receiving rehabilitative therapy at the Springfield Shriners Hospital is the wealth of pediatric clinical and medical expertise available to patients. Therapists enhance patient outcomes by collaborating both clinically and through research with the hospital’s on-site motion analysis center and Pediatric Orthotic and Prosthetic Services (POPS) – Northeast, LLC.

Treatment expertise

  • Gross and fine motor skill development
  • Strength, power, endurance and flexibility training
  • Gait training with and without assistive devices
  • Pain management
  • Return-to-athletics training
  • Customized durable medical equipment evaluation, including manual and power wheelchairs, walkers, gait trainers, strollers, patient lifts, slings, bath supports and dressing aids
  • Custom splint fabrication
  • Upper and lower extremity prosthetic training
  • Pediatric hand rehabilitation
  • Feeding and functional mobility skills to improve independence including transfers, bed mobility and activities of daily living
  • Constraint induced movement therapy
  • Brachial plexus care
  • Speech and language development

Therapeutic equipment

  • Zero G suspension system
  • FES (functional electrical stimulation)
  • Reoambulator (robotic mobility)
  • Pilates Reformer/Cadillac/Wunda Chair
  • TRX® suspension trainer
  • Rock climbing wall
  • Biofeedback
  • Wii and XBox interactive video game systems
  • Stair climber
  • Treadmill
  • Alter G anti-gravity treadmill
  • Stationary, adaptive and recumbent bikes
  • Galileo - whole body vibration
  • Paraffin unit
  • Ultrasound
  • Electrical stimulation, iontophoresis

Rehabilitation department hours

Monday – Friday | 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

To make an appointment, refer a patient, or to inquire about the therapeutic services and BFit programs available to children up to 18 years of age, call new patient access at 413-735-1234 or 800-322-5905.

All services are provided regardless of the families’ ability to pay.