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Director, Rehabilitation Services

Phone: (901) ***-****  HQ Phone
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Inc
501 St. Jude Place
Memphis, Tennessee 38105
United States

Company Description: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other deadly diseases. St. Jude has the...   more
Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member
    Pain Management Service
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Class of 2007
www.nexusleaders.org, 24 Jan 2012 [cached]
Lola Cremer
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Director, Rehabilitation Services
St. Jude Rounds - Spring 97
www.stjude.org, 19 Mar 2001 [cached]
Most of our patients now are being treated for leukemia or brain tumors , says Lola Cremer , a physical therapist and director of St. Jude's rehabilitation services.Each treatment , tumor type , and individual patient has unique rehabilitation needs.
Children being treated for leukemia present the broadest range of challenges.One problem Cremer frequently sees is ischemic bone pain-which can make a child reluctant to walk.Later , chemotherapy can cause peripheral neuropathy and degenerative joint changes.Without help , these kids can lose mobility and independence unnecessarily , says Cremer.
After limb-sparing surgery , rehabilitation is actually longer and more complicated than it is after amputation.The endoprosthesis must be periodically lengthened as a patient grows , which often requires additional physical rehab work to stretch the soft tissues.Also , the presence of an endoprosthesis can permanently sideline patients from some activities , such_as contact sports.Some patients ( usually athletic teenage boys ) choose amputation for these reasons , and in some cases , amputation is unavoidable.
Upper and lower extremity amputations present very different challenges.
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Children treated for brain tumors can face seemingly insurmountable cognitive and emotional setbacks , but Cremer is constantly impressed by how much they regain and how fast.We've had patients who couldn't sit_up a month ago , and now they're walking.A child's brain is so much more adaptable than an adult's.We can't predict their outcome , but they always do better than a similarly treated adult..
When I say rehab , says Cremer , I don't just mean that the patient can walk or go_back to school.Rehab is complete when children can fully return to everything that's important to them-family , friends , home , school , recreational activities. She recalls a teenage limb salvage patient who was afraid she'd never be able to bathe in private again.She couldn't bend her knee enough to clear the side of the tub.Her whole outlook changed when Cremer showed her how to get in and out of the bathtub unassisted.
We've worked with children who are now cheerleaders , who ride horses , who play football and golf , who water ski and snow ski , notes Cremer.One little girl who'd had an above-knee amputation asked me if I'd teach her to do cartwheels in her prosthesis.Our kids are not limited at all..
Lola Cremer ( left ) works with patient Toby Miller.
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Pain Management at St. Jude
www.stjude.org, 1 July 2002 [cached]
"Sometimes pain can be associated with inactivity," says Lola Cremer, a physical therapist and member of the Pain Management Service.
Ronney Snell Dies | 5/13/2003 | The O&P EDGE | oandp.com
www.oandp.com, 13 May 2003 [cached]
"He loved his fellow man more than anyone I know, and he was particularly devoted to the children," said Lola Cremer, director of rehabilitation services at St. Jude, quoted in an article in the Memphis Commercial Appeal May 12.
Nexus :: 2007
www.nexusleaders.org, 1 Jan 2007 [cached]
Lola Cremer St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Director, Rehabilitation Services
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