Pediatrics

Pediatric physical therapy is the evaluation and treatment of physical impairments in children, ranging in age from newborn to mid-20s. The goal of pediatric physical therapy is to assist children with physical challenges to maximize their independence and improve their mobility, self-care and other functional skills necessary for daily living. Our pediatric physical therapy incorporates hands-on techniques and therapeutic exercises with play and recreational activities to reach this goal. A child’s family plays an important part in pediatric physical therapy, including the development of client- and family-centered goals.

 Common Diagnoses Treated

There are a variety of reasons a child may need physical therapy. Some common diagnoses include:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Spina bifida
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Stroke
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Developmental delay
  • Coordination and balance disorders
  • Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Scoliosis
  • Tight heel cords
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Amputations
  • Torticollis
  • Orthopedic (fractures, sprains/strains, sports related injuries)
  • Gait abnormalities
  • Hypotonia
  • Genetic syndromes
  • Muscular weakness

Symptoms

Children may need physical therapy for any number of reasons, including if you answer “yes” to any of the following questions:

  • If your child tripping or falling down a lot?
  • Have trouble sitting up straight?
  • Get tired quickly while playing?
  • Complain of pain in joints, feet or muscles?
  • Toe walking?
  • Appear “floppy” or low tone?
  • Have an abnormal head shape continuing beyond 6 weeks of age?
  • Behind in age-appropriate gross motor skills such as rolling, crawling, or walking?
  • Sustained an injury such as broken arm or leg, sprained knee or ankle, had surgery, etc.?
  • Have a consistent head tilt to one side?
  • Have abnormal muscle tone?

Benefits

There are many benefits of pediatric therapy. Some include:

  • Improved gross motor development
  • Improved balance
  • Improved coordination
  • Increased muscular strength and range of motion
  • Improved walking pattern
  • Increased endurance
  • Normalization of muscle tone
  • Promotion of healthy and active lifestyle
  • Prevention of injuries
  • Maximized independence