Pediatric Physical Therapy

Pediatric Physical Therapy

At Children’s Health℠, our physical therapists provide inpatient and outpatient services for young patients who have diverse medical, oncologic, neurologic, orthopedic and developmental-related conditions.

Our pediatric physical therapists specialize in the early detection, diagnosis, treatment, and management of infants, children, and adolescents who suffer a variety of congenital, developmental, neuromuscular, skeletal, or acquired disorders.

These treatments can improve a child’s gross and fine motor skills, balance and coordination, strength and endurance, as well as cognitive and sensory processing and integration. Specific conditions we treat include developmental delays, cerebral palsy and spina bifida, among many others.

We’ll tailor your child’s participation in our physical therapy program to his or her individual needs while receiving the highest levels of care.

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Conditions We Treat

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

Treatments and Services

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

Why might my child need physical therapy?

Physical therapy is mainly concerned with providing remedies to problems such as physical impairments and disabilities and injuries. Physical therapists’ goals include enhancing the mobility, functional ability, and movement potential of your child. This enhances your child’s quality of life. The treatment stages are examination, evaluation, diagnosis and determining and using the most appropriate physical intervention.

Physical therapy is often applied alongside other rehabilitation services, such as occupational therapy.

Creating a space for kids to thrive

Our team provides innovative wound care in a child-friendly environment. The equipment we use is specially designed and sized for children, so your child won’t feel overwhelmed or frightened by the advanced tools that we use.

Our pediatric physical therapists are specially trained in casting and splinting techniques for the lower extremities. This means the need for surgical lengthening of tight muscles around the ankle and knee can be prevented or delayed.

Children’s Health is also committed to preventing pediatric injuries. Our physical therapy staff works in conjunction with the 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.