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Program & Goals

The department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation offers comprehensive care to individuals with cerebral palsy and spina bifida, with the goal of maximizing function and quality of life.

Integrated Care Model

Our physiatrists develop and oversee an individualized care plan for each patient which is implemented by our team of rehabilitation professionals. Our services are available to patients with neurological conditions such as cerebral palsy or spina bifida from infancy and throughout adult life.

We provide ongoing rehabilitation care for patients with neurological conditions through education, research and advocacy in the UNC PM&R Outpatient Clinic and community outreach programs.

Our faculty members also provide spasticity management, botulinum toxin and joint injections, nerve conduction studies, electomyography studies (EMGs), as well as neuropsychological and psychological evaluation and treatment.

PM&R Faculty Sub-specializing in Cerebral Palsy



Karla Thompson, PhD
Matthew Harris, PhD


Read about Jaclyn Young, a teenager and aspiring writer with cerebral palsy, from the link to our Pediatric Issue of the Rehabilitation Reader. Also in this issue, Jennifer Pfaltzgraff, parent advocate, shares indispensable resources for families of children with special needs.

We also recommend the A-Z index of general health topics from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to learn more about specific conditions and treatments.

Become a Partner

Your gift will enable us to advance our mission of providing excellence in rehabilitation through patient care, state-of-the-art research and education. Your tax-deductible donation, whether large or small, makes a tremendous impact locally and globally.