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Department of pediatric physiotherapy and rehabilitation

Prof. Dr. Engin Cakar
physical therapy, rehabilitation medicine

About the department

The pediatric physiotherapy and rehabilitation department at Memorial Sisli Hospital Istanbul is one of the leading centres in Turkey in its specialization. The department's primary goal is to help every child regain the functional abilities lost due to illness or dysfunction and achieve the highest possible quality of life. To achieve this goal, the department has a multidisciplinary medical team that consists of orthopedists, neurosurgeons, paediatricians, pediatric urologists, physiotherapists, psychologists and nutritionists. Child physiotherapists have specialized skills, expertise, and experience in child development and childhood disorders. Pediatric physiotherapists play a unique role as they work not only with the child but also with the family in the context of their daily lives at home, at school and in the recreational environment. The department has the latest equipment for restoring mobility and gross and fine motor skills.

Pediatric physical therapists are specialists in assessing, detecting, diagnosing, and treating movement disorders and physiological problems. Treating many issues such as trauma, neurological problems, joint diseases, premature and low birth weight, breathing problems, spinal deformities and arthritis is done with an individual integrated approach, thanks to qualified personnel and technological equipment. Physiotherapy treatment is extensive and can continue throughout a child's life as they grow.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department


  • Sinding Larson syndrome
  • Osgoodschlatters syndrome
  • Sever’s disease
  • Sports injuries
  • Hypotonia
  • Delayed gross motor milestones
  • Fibromyalgia and upper back pain
  • Joint pain and swelling
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Down’s syndrome
  • Muscular dystrophies
  • Arthrogryposis
  • Spina bifida
  • Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis


  • Anamnesis 
  • Physical examination 
  • Laboratory and biochemical tests 
  • Newborn screening 
  • Digital X-ray 
  • Computed tomography (CT scan) 
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) 
  • Positron emission tomography (PET) 
  • Ultrasound examination 
  • Measures of the blood pressure 
  • Electrocardiography (ECG) 
  • Electroneuromyography 


  • Interventional procedures 
  • Electrotherapy 
  • Lymph drainage 
  • Biofeedback therapy 
  • Cryotherapy
  • Laser therapy 
  • Neurodevelopmental techniques (NDT)
  • Bobath approach techniques
  • Schroth therapy
  • Kinesiotaping methods 
  • Manual therapy
  • Gait assessment and training
  • Orthotic and wheelchair prescription
  • Sensory integration
  • Sports nutrition
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Doctor profile


  • 2011 Algology Residency Training, Ministry of Health - Board of Residency in Medicine, Istanbul, Turkey
  • 2007 - 2010 Electrodiagnostic Neurology Specialization Training, Marmara University, İstanbul, Turkey
  • 2002 - 2005 Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Training, Gata Haydarpasa Training Hospital, İstanbul, Turkey
  • 1993 - 1999 Doctor of Medicine (MD), Gata Medical Academy, İstanbul, Turkey


  • 2016 Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Specialist & Algologist & Electrodiagnostic Neurologist, Memorial Sisli Hospital,  İstanbul, Turkey
  • 2012 - 2016 Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Specialist & Algologist & Electrodiagnostic Neurologist, Medipol Mega University Hospital, İstanbul, Turkey
  • 2005 - 2012 Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Specialist, Gata Haydarpasa Training Hospital, İstanbul, Turkey

Awards, memberships, publications

  • European Society of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Mediterranean Society of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Turkish Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • President of Brain Stimulation and Neurorestoration Work Group
  • Turkish Society of Algology
  • Turkish Society of Clinical Neurophysiology, EEG-EMG
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