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Muscle Weakness

Muscle weakness happens when one or more of your muscles has less strength than normal. This can happen from an injury, stroke, or multiple sclerosis.

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Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

The Physiatry Department at Floating Hospital for Children provides world-class, personalized care, with warmth and compassion, to children with disabilities.
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Muscular Dystrophy Association Program

The Muscular Dystrophy Association Program at Floating Hospital for Children in Boston offers personalized care and ongoing management of muscular dystrophy.
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Doctors + Care Team

Harry C. Webster, MD, MPH, FAAP

Harry C. Webster, MD, MPH, FAAP

Title(s): Physiatrist-in-Chief; Chief, Pediatric Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; Clinical Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Pediatric Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5626
Fax #: 617-636-5056

Pediatric rehabilitation, spasticity/tone evaluation and treatment, long-term care of chronically impaired children, transition of disabled children to adult services, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, orthotics for gait disorders, pediatric orthotics

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Patrick J. Brennan, MD

Patrick J. Brennan, MD

Title(s): Pediatric Physiatrist; Instructor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Pediatric Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Appt. Phone: 617-636-4887
Fax #: 617-636-5056

Cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury

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Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children have high quality care.

Quality + Safety

A world-class pediatric teaching hospital shouldn’t make you and your child feel small.  At Floating Hospital for Children our littlest patients are our biggest priority. This means we’re committed to providing the highest quality of care in a safe, friendly environment.

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A child in the pediatric emergency department at Floating Hospital for Children.

Floating Ranks With the Best

The Leapfrog Group gave Floating Hospital for Children and Tufts Medical Center an “A” rating for outstanding patient safety in 2014.

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Floating Hospital for Children has a strong history of innovation.

A Fresh Breath of Air

Floating Hospital for Children began its life as a hospital ship in the Boston Harbor in 1894 before coming onshore permanently in 1931.

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