Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit
Functional Independence Restoration Program

Inpatient Rehabilitation for Children with Chronic Pain

Cincinnati Children’s offers one of the country’s only comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation programs for children whose severe, chronic pain is preventing them from enjoying a good quality of life. Our interdisciplinary pain specialty program has the distinction of being only one of two CARF-accredited pediatric pain rehabilitation programs in the world.

Our functional independence restoration approach helps patients learn more about their condition, develop coping skills, recondition their bodies and transition back into their lives. This inpatient program is part of the Pain Management Center at Cincinnati Children’s, which is nationally recognized for its expertise in the diagnosis, treatment and research of complex pediatric pain conditions.

F.I.R.S.T. Specialty Outcomes Snapshot

Fiscal Year 2022
(July - June)
Number of patients admitted 28
Average number of days in rehab program 19.6
Ages served  10-18 years
*Average number of therapeutic intervention hours per scheduled therapy day 4.32
Percent of patients discharged home 100%
Percent of patients able to return to leisure activities by 90 days 90%
Patient and family satisfaction 100%
Percent of patients who were able to maintain or improve function while in the program 100%

*Therapeutic intervention is defined as physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, recreational therapy and psychology.

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CARF Accredited

CARF gold seal.

Cincinnati Children’s has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) for our inpatient rehabilitation and pediatric specialty care programs since 1997, for our brain injury program since 2015, and for our cancer and pain programs since 2018. We are the first in the world to receive an accreditation in pediatric cancer rehabilitation and only the second to receive an accreditation in pediatric pain rehabilitation.

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For patient referrals and non-urgent consultation, contact the program directly at: 844-876-2796 or fill out our online form.
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Olivia's Story

"Not Allowing the Pain To Win," written by one of our patient families. Read the Blog Post


The following are resources and websites to assist families of children with disabilities and/or special needs due to pain management: