Robert Haining, MD
Oakland Magazine Best East Bay Doctors 2007-2008
Associate Director, Pediatric Rehabilitation
Residency: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of California, Davis
Pediatrics, Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland
Fellowship: Pediatric Physical & Rehabilitative Medicine, Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland
Board Certification: Pediatrics, Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine
Language(s): English, Spanish
Robert Haining, MD, specializes in caring for children with physically disabling disorders such as spina bifida, brain injury, cerebral palsy and injuries with a sudden onset. He is an expert in prescribing and evaluating needs for pediatric therapy, and specializes in helping children recuperate from injury or illness. Dr. Haining is passionate about joining humanitarian efforts where he can use his expertise to care for children in third world countries.
Spina bifida is among the most common severe birth defects in the United States, affecting 1 in 1,500 babies born in the United States each year.
Source: March of Dimes and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Spina bifida affects the backbone and, sometimes, the spinal cord. It results from incorrect development of the spinal cord. Surgery and physical therapy are used to treat severe forms of spina bifida.
Cerebral palsy is a term used to describe any disorder of movement and posture that results from an abnormality of an undeveloped brain. The brain may be damaged before birth, during delivery or immediately after birth due to lack of oxygen to the brain. Cerebral palsy can also occur in young children who sustain trauma resulting in injury to the brain. Cerebral palsy patients may have limited motor skills, speech difficulties, learning disabilities or other problems. It is a life-long condition that affects communication between the brain and the muscles, causing a permanent state of uncoordinated movement and posturing.
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