According to the American Physical Therapy Association
“Physical Therapists teach patients how to prevent or manage their condition so that they will achieve long-term health benefits.”
Why would a child receive Physical Therapy?
- Difficulty achieving gross motor milestones such as rolling, sitting, crawling, standing and walking.To improve age appropriate physical education skills such as jumping, hopping, skipping, running etc.
- Orthopedic or adaptive equipment assessment.Pre and post surgical rehabilitation.
- Sports related injuries
Therapy focuses on using therapy techniques that improve strength, promote mobility, reduce pain, and restore function, Pediatric physical therapists support and promote the developmental of gross motor skills (i.e. walking, running, jumping crawling, etc.), coordination, flexibility, endurance and balance. They also promote safe ambulation utilizing assistive devices for the appropriate navigation of the home, school and community environments.