What is physical therapy?
Physical therapy focuses on the restoration, maintenance, and promotion of optimal physical function. Physical therapists may help individuals reduce pain; maintain, restore, and improvement mobility. Pediatric physical therapists help children develop the skills needed to actively participate in their home, school, and community.
What conditions can be treated with pediatric PT?
There are many familiar childhood disorders and diseases that present with movement dysfunction and motor skill issues that can be treated by physical therapy. These include Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Down Syndrome, Muscular Dystrophy and associated disorders, Spina Bifida, Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, Arthrogyposis, Cardio-PulmonaryDisorders, Cystic Fibrosis, Cancer, and Traumatic Brain Injury. In addition, many children present with hypotonia and developmental coordination disorder without a formal diagnosis. Orthopedic conditions that can also be treated with PT include scoliosis, back pain, sports injuries, fractures, and orthopedic surgeries.