PHYSICAL THERAPY

Physical therapy refers to various treatment strategies to restore mobility, promote function and healing and provide education and consultation to children, families and other health care providers. The role of the pediatric physical therapist is to evaluate and provide treatment for delays in motor skills by developing the strength and range of motion that children need to move through their environment easily and effectively. In addition to assessment of flexibility, strength, posture, gait, sensory processing, balance, coordination and skill, the pediatric therapist is trained to assess motor development using standardized testing for age equivalents. The long-term goal includes gross motor skill development solid to age with good quality to both sides of the body.

 

 Physical Therapists work with patients and families to help the child reach their full potential by minimizing impairments while promoting mobility and function for participation in their home and community. Therapists are experts in a variety of treatment interventions allowing them to individualize a plan of care to meet the unique needs of the child and family. 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

 

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