Physical Therapists assist in early detection of health problems and use a wide variety of modalities to treat disorders in the pediatric population. These therapists are specialized in diagnosis, treatment and management of infants, children, and adolescents with a variety of congenital, developmental, neuromuscular, skeletal, or acquired disorders/diseases.
Treatment focuses on improving many skills in children, including:
- Motor Skills
- Balance and Coordination
- Strength and Endurance
- Cognitive and Sensory
Children with developmental delays, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, and torticollis may be treated by pediatric physical therapists. We are able to alleviate impairments and functional limitations through therapeutic treatments such as exercise, manual therapy, assistive and adaptive devices, functional training, neuro-muscular re-education, splinting, and parent education.
Physical therapists prevent injury, impairments, and functional limitations by promoting fitness and healthy lifestyles. In addition to assessing range of motion, strength, posture, and gait, a physical therapist will also assess motor planning: how a child accomplishes a given task, and the sensory system: how a child interprets and responds to data. This focus enhances the gross motor function of a child and promotes independence and safety at home and in the community.