Pediatrics

The goal of our pediatric therapy program is to help children reach their maximal functional level of independence within their environment. Children deserve every opportunity when it comes to their futures, and Pediatric and Sports Physical Therapy takes great pride and care in making sure those opportunities are in reach. The program is designed for anyone 21 years of age or younger with impairments including orthopedic, musculoskeletal, neurologic, congenital, and developmental conditions.

Therapy:

  • Promotes independence
  • Increases participation
  • Facilitates motor development and function
  • Improves strength
  • Enhances learning opportunities
  • Eases care giving
  • Promotes health and wellness

Starting a child in PT

  • First, an interview is completed to identify the child’s needs
  • Next, an examination & evaluation is completed of the child in the context of his/her daily routines & activities
  • Parents and families have the primary role in children’s development
  • Therapist collaborates with the family to implement individualized programs for each child

What we assess

  • Mobility
  • Muscle and joint function
  • Strength and endurance
  • Posture and balance

Common diagnoses of patients appropriate for pediatric physical therapy include, but are not limited to

  • Torticollis/ Plagiocephaly
  • Gait Abnormalities
  • Orthopedic (fractures, soft tissue, and sports related injuries)
  • Muscular weakness

Physical therapy may be indicated to further develop motor skills such as sitting, crawling, walking, or balancing.  Other issues that may be addressed are a loss of range of motion, flexibility, or strength, possibly due to injury, illness, or surgery.

Treatment Options

  • Therapeutic exercise
  • Caregiver/patient education
  • Functional mobility training
  • Manual therapy techniques
  • Stretching/manual range of motion exercises
  • Proprioception/balance training
  • Splinting/taping techniques