What is pediatric physical therapy? 

During an initial visit, a physical therapist will check your child’s strength, coordination, development, and see how easily they can stand, walk, and complete tasks appropriate for their age to see if there is a delay. From there, a PT will work with you and your child to figure out a treatment plan. 

 

Physical therapists can help kids with many issues, including:

  • Delays in development, such as a child who should be walking

  • Not reaching age appropriate milestones 

  • Genetic disorders, such as Down Syndrome

  • Improve range of motion, strength, flexibility, and movement patterns 

  • Muscle weakness or imbalances

  • Poor coordination and/or motor planning 

  • Nerve/muscle conditions, such as cerebral palsy

 

Physical therapists help improve gross motor skills (tasks that involve large muscle groups, like walking and throwing) by encouraging kids to do things like:

  • Play on large exercise balls to build strength

  • Run/hop around to improve their coordination

  • Balance on a balance beam

  • Stand on one foot

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