Physical Therapy

Key Contacts:

  • Interim Sr. Director - Joy Parker
  • Interim Clinical Director - Diana Terry, CCC-SLP
  • Interim Business Operations Director - Chad Robertson
  • Amy Garrow, Inpatient Clinical Manager
  • Cindy Edmiston, Outpatient Clinical Manager 
  • Deborah Smith, Outpatient Team Leader (Dallas Pavilion)
  • David Myers, Outpatient Team Leader (Legacy, Mesquite & Southlake)
  • Lorena Marichal, Inpatient Team Leader


Description of services:

Physical Therapy provides inpatient and outpatient services for patients with diverse medical, oncologic, neurologic, orthopaedic and developmental-related conditions. Diagnoses frequently served by the department include:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Spina bifida
  • Brain tumor
  • Traumatic and Anoxic brain injury
  • Brachial plexus injury
  • Non-healing or poorly healing wounds
  • Hemophilia
  • Bone tumors
  • Torticollis
  • Orthopaedic injury
  • Amputation
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Gait abnormalities
  • Cerebral vascular accident
  • Developmental delay
  • Musculoskeletal injuries
  • Equipment evaluations
  • Amputations of upper or lower extremity
  • Contracture management
  • Upper extremity injuries
  • Sensory integration/sensory motor deficits
  • Visual/motor/perceptual development
  • Congenital limb discrepancy and acquired amputations

Procedures performed or problems diagnosed and treated:

Therapeutic handling using a variety of treatment approaches, including:

  • Pediatric neurodevelopmental treatment
  • Gait training
  • Hydrotherapy and wound care
  • Lower extremity splinting and serial casting
  • Contracture management
  • Strengthening and conditioning exercises
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Biofeedback
  • Ultrasound
  • Thermal modalities
  • Joint mobilization
  • Balance and coordination exercises
  • Adaptive equipment evaluation (walkers, standing frames, wheelchairs)
  • Patient and family education

Information for referral sources:

  • Physician orders are required for therapy services.
  • Pre-authorization is required by some insurance plans.

Why Children's Medical Center?

  • Physical therapists at Children's are specially trained in lower extremity serial casting and splinting techniques. In many cases, these procedures can prevent or markedly delay the need for surgical lengthening of tight muscles around the ankle and knee.
  • Children's is committed to pediatric injury prevention. The physical therapy staff works in conjunction with occupational therapy, trauma and injury prevention departments to provide specialized car safety restraints for children who temporarily cannot use normal safety seats due to casts or halo devices.
  • The team provides innovative wound care in a child-friendly environment. Services include standard hydrotherapy, pulsed lavage and vacuum-assisted closure.
  • Equipment is specially designed and sized for children.

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