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Physical Therapy

Pediatric physical therapy (PT) incorporates a variety of treatments to help build strength, improve movement, and strengthen gross motor skills needed to complete daily activities.

Doctors may recommend pediatric PT if a child is 0-18 years old and is diagnosed with one of the following:
  • Poor Balance and/or Coordination
  • Genetic Disorders
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • CVA (stroke)
  • Gross Motor Delays (i.e. crawling, walking, etc.)
  • TBI – Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Torticollis
  • Orthopedic disabilities
  • Toe Walking
  • Muscle diseases
  • Autism
  • And more…



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



Physical Therapists (PTs) might guide kids through:
  • Developmental activities such as crawling and walking
  • Exercises to build strength
  • Flexibility exercises to increase range of motion
  • Balance and coordination activities
  • Adaptive play
  • Sensory integration techniques

A PT evaluation might also include:

  • Measuring the child's flexibility and strength
  • Analyzing the way the child walks and runs (a child's gait)
  • Identifying potential and existing problems
  • Consulting with other medical personnel regarding the child's needs
  • Determining a child's age equivalency through tests
  • Providing instructions for home exercise programs

 

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