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Do you know that kids have a special Physical Therapy called Pediatric Physical Therapy, when they get injured or need Physical Therapy due to illness, they should be taken to the right Specialist and not just the regular Physical therapist we all see. You might not give a second thought to walking up the stairs or picking up a drink but for a child with an injury or delay in development, those simple tasks can be a real challenge. and that’s where a pediatric physical therapist can help.

Pediatric Physical Therapy offers a comprehensive approach to helping children reach their highest level of independence within their environment.  The program is designed for anyone 21 years of age or younger with impaired developmental conditions. 

Physical therapy may be used to further develop motor skills such as sitting, crawling, walking, or balancing.  Other issues that may be addressed are a loss of range of motion, flexibility, or strength, possibly due to injury, illness, or surgery.  Physical therapists with special training in pediatric medical conditions will evaluate a patient’s specific needs and design a unique program to address functional deficits.

Pediatric physical therapy sessions should look and feel like play. PTs engage kids with fun, age-appropriate games and activities to keep them motivated and happy. Kids should have fun while undergoing physical therapy sessions.

Pediatric Physical Therapy can help with the following and more

  • Recovery from sports and non-sports-related injuries.
  • Delays in development, such as a child who should be walking or sitting. 
  • Not hitting the milestones for their age. 
  • Genetic disorders such as Down syndrome.
  • Muscle weakness or imbalances.
  • Poor coordination or motor planning which is the ability to think of and carry out a motor act, such as writing with a pencil.
  • Nerve/muscle conditions, such as cerebral palsy. 

If you have concerns about your child's development and you think they could benefit from Physical therapy, make sure to talk to your health care provider, they will direct you to the right Physical Therapist. 

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