Physical therapists help children improve their gross motor skills (standing, walking, climbing stairs, etc), strength, and balance in order to maximize their independence and mobility. They may also collaborate with other specialists and recommend adaptive and mobility equipment, such as wheelchairs, walkers, and standers. Pediatric physical therapists often work with children who have a disability, complex conditions, and/or common injuries.
Every child responds best to a unique, carefully crafted treatment plan, which the therapist creates. Our physical therapists also teach children and their families about safety and home exercises, since improving physical function often requires daily practice. Providing expert consultation to school and daycare is often the therapist's responsibility as well. These professionals support the family and child by coordinating care with other health care professionals and providing advocacy and social assistance when necessary.
Therapy OPS physical therapists often work with the following diagnoses:
- Cerebral Palsy
- Spina Bifida
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Torticollis/ Plagiocephaly
- Gait Abnormalities
- Orthopedic including: fractures, soft tissue, and sports related injuries
- Muscular weakness
- Developmental Delay
- Genetic Syndromes
Treatment Options include
- Therapeutic exercise
- Caregiver/patient education
- Functional mobility training
- Manual therapy techniques
- Stretching/manual range of motion exercises
- Proprioception/balance training
- A creative, fun, skilled approach to addressing strength and coordination deficits.