Physical Therapy

kidscare-slide-1.jpgPediatric Physical Therapists specialize in the diagnosis, treatment and management of infants and children with a variety of congenital, developmental, skeletal or acquired disorders. Treatment focuses on improving gross motor skills, balance, coordination, strength and endurance.

Physical Therapists facilitate the development of gross motor skills and motor planning. Focus is on improving balance, coordination, endurance, strength, range of motion, body mechanics and mobility. Physical Therapists assist families in enhancing the development of their child through:
  • Positioning Techniques
  • Improving functioning mobility
  • Infant Massage
  • Balance & Coordination Exercises
  • Strengthening Exercises
  • Orthotics/Bracing/Splinting/Taping
  • Home programs
  • Use & Instruction in Assistive Devices
Although each child develops in his/her own way, children with the following issues could be considered as candidates for Physical Therapy:
  • Delayed Gross Motor Skills
  • Difficulty with mobility (such as walking, crawling, sitting, etc.)
  • Poor posture
  • Difficulty with balance
  • Poor coordination (clumsiness)
  • Low or high muscle tone
  • Neurological conditions affecting mobility
  • Decreased strength
  • Decreased flexibility or Range of Motion (ROM)
  • Orthopedic problems

Age Specific Symptoms

A Physical Evaluation may be considered if your child DOES NOT demonstrate the following:

  • Lift head in prone position (lying on stomach)
  • Turn head to either side in prone position (lying on stomach)
  • Turn head to both sides in supine position (lying on back)
  • Extend both legs or kick reciprocally
  • Roll to back when placed on side

A Physical Evaluation may be considered if your child DOES NOT demonstrate the following:

  • Place weight on forearms in prone position (lying on stomach)
  • Grasp a rattle
  • Roll over one way
  • Hold head up when pulled to a sitting position
  • Bear weight on legs

A Physical Evaluation may be considered if your child DOES NOT demonstrate the following:

  • Move head actively in supported sitting position
  • Bear weight on hands in prone position (lying on stomach)
  • Bear weight on legs
  • Sit with little or no support
  • Balance reactions or protective extension of arms

A Physical Evaluation may be considered if your child DOES NOT demonstrate the following:

    • Sit on own without support
    • Assume crawling position (hand-knee)
    • Get to sitting position without assistance
    • Pull to stand using furniture
    • Pass an object from hand to hand
    • Pick up small objects

A Physical Evaluation may be considered if your child DOES NOT demonstrate the following:

      • Walk with one hand held
      • Pick up small objects
      • Stand alone well
      • Demonstrate motor planning by climbing on furniture
      • Walk one or two steps alone

A Physical Evaluation may be considered if your child DOES NOT demonstrate the following:

      • Attempt to crawl up stairs
      • Balance reaction in standing
      • Bend down and retrieve objects
      • Walk alone one – two steps
      • Throw a ball

A Physical Evaluation may be considered if your child DOES NOT demonstrate the following:

      • Climb on furniture, turn and sit
      • Retrieve toy from floor in standing position
      • Squat in play
      • Run
      • Carry large toy while walking

A Physical Evaluation may be considered if your child DOES NOT demonstrate the following:

      • Attempt to ride a tricycle
      • Stand on one foot for two seconds
      • Kick a stationary ball
      • Walk backwards

A Physical Evaluation may be considered if your child DOES NOT demonstrate the following:

      • Jump over a line
      • Jump forward 2 feet
      • Kick a stationary ball 6 feet forward
      • Walk up & down stairs, holding onto railing

A Physical Evaluation may be considered if your child DOES NOT demonstrate the following:

      • Stand on one foot for 5 seconds
      • Hop on one foot five times
      • Jump over a small hurdle
      • Stand on tip toes for 3 seconds without moving feet

A Physical Evaluation may be considered if your child DOES NOT demonstrate the following:

      • Jump sideways
      • Mimic movement accurately
      • Skip
      • Stand on 1 foot for 10 seconds