What is Pediatric Physical Therapy?
Pediatric physical therapists (PTs) work with children and their families to assist each child in reaching their maximum potential to function independently and to promote active participation in home, school, and community environments. Physical therapists use their expertise in movement and apply clinical reasoning through the process of examination, evaluation, diagnosis, and intervention. As primary health care providers, PTs also promote health and wellness as they implement a wide variety of supports for children from infancy through adolescence in collaboration with their families and other medical, educational, developmental, and rehabilitation specialists.
Pediatric physical therapy promotes independence, increases participation, facilitates motor development and function, improves strength and endurance, enhances learning opportunities, and eases challenges with daily caregiving.
When Is Therapy Needed?
Doctors often recommend physical therapy for....
clients who have been injured or have movement problems from an illness, disease, or disability. Physical Therapy (PT) may be needed any time a child has difficulty moving in such a way that it limits daily activities.
Doctors may recommend PT for children with:
- developmental delays
- cerebral palsy
- genetic disorders
- orthopedic disabilities
- heart and lung conditions
- birth defects (such as spina bifida)
- effects of in-utero drug or alcohol exposure
- acute trauma
- head injury
- limb deficiencies
- muscle diseases
Pediatric physical therapists may use evidence based practice to provide any of the following services as part of their plan of care:
- Developmental activities
- Movement and mobility
- Motor learning
- Balance and coordination
- Recreation, play, and leisure
- Adaptation of daily care activities and routines
- Equipment design, fabrication, and fitting
- Tone management
- Use of assistive technology
- Posture, positioning, and lifting
- Orthotics and prosthetics
- Burn and wound care
- Cardiopulmonary endurance
- Safety, health promotion, and prevention programs
Special Techniques: Aquatics, Pediatric Massage, Neuro-developmental Techniques, Orthotics, Equipment Needs, Kinesiotaping, Electrical Stimulation, Hippotherapy
what our parents say
Testimonials About Recovery Zone
We love RZ and our PT, Shandy Toland! Shandy has been seeing my sweet boy since he was 2 months old and we are so grateful for her and her attentiveness to my baby’s needs.