Physical therapy (PT) is an effective treatment for a variety of injuries and childhood disorders that affect muscles, bones and joints. Our certified pediatric physical therapists are experienced in the diagnosis, treatment and management of skeletal, developmental, neuromuscular, acquired diseases and disorders. PT is often recommended for kids with autism and other developmental delays, as well as children with cerebral palsy, spina bifida and other physical challenges. Physical therapy treatment focuses on a variety of treatment intervention to improve gross motor skills, range of motion, balance and coordination, gait, endurance and strength in children. PT also compliments cognitive and sensory processing and integration.
Physical therapy for children can:
Improve gross motor development, balance, coordination and walking pattern
Increase muscular strength, range of motion and endurance
Promote a healthy, active lifestyle and maximize independence
Your child/infant may benefit from physical therapy if:
- They are not meeting the expected developmental milestones during the first year of life (ie. rolling, sitting, standing, walking).
- They have a strong preference for turning their head to one side or using one side of their body.
- They walk up on the balls of their feet or walk in an atypical/awkward manner.
- They have difficulty keeping up with their peers during play.
- They are not able to perform the same gross motor tasks (ie. hopping, jumping, skipping) as their peers.
- They frequently trip and fall when walking.
- They complain of pain when performing gross motor tasks.
- They were injured and are not able to perform at their prior level of function.