Physical Therapy helps children develop functional and gross motor skills, improve balance, coordination and posture.
Therapeutic equipment is used during treatment. This may include treadmills, therapy balls, bikes, trikes, skates, and specialized swings. Additional therapy modalities include neuromuscular stimulation, ultrasound, serial casting, and therapeutic taping.
Physical Therapy Targets:
- Developmental Delay - delays in growth, development, or maturation of infants and children due to a variety of causes. Delayed onset of developmental milestones such as sitting, crawling, walking, jumping, and running, poor balance and frequent falling, and inability to keep up with same-age children.
- Prevention of Devepmental Delay - early intervention for at risk infants to prevent or lessen delays by facilitation of developmental milestones. Premature, traumatic, multiple births or conditions such as spina bifida, cerebral palsy, or Down syndrome.
- Functional Skills - skills required for daily living such as getting in/out of bed, bathtub, or car and ascending or descending stairs.
Difficulty or inability performing daily functional activities.
- Gait Patterns - the coordinated movements and rhythm involved in walking. Falling, loss of balance, abnormal walking patterns, or toe-walking.
- Spasticity - interference in movement due to involuntary muscle tightness, secondary to damage in the brain. Difficult or uncomfortable movement in any part of the body, muscle spasms, or unwillingness to move body parts.
- Orthotics - splints, shoe inserts, casts, braces, special shoes, casting and fitting of orthotics onsite with instruction, skin inspection, and insurance advocacy. Flat feet, toe-walking, weakness in legs or feet, or spasticity.
- Equipment Needs - walkers, positioning & mobility chairs, crutches, standers, specialized car seats, bath chairs, with instruction and insurance advocacy. Inability to sit, stand, or walk age-appropriately.