Neurological Disorders

Physical therapists at The Children's Hospital provide evaluation and treatment of children with neurological disorders.  Working closely with occupational therapists, speech therapists and physicians including neurologists, physiatrists, and orthopedists, physical therapists provide comprehensive and holistic treatment.  Physical therapists apply a variety of intervention techniques to enhance functional movement of the child with neurological diagnoses.

The goal of physical therapy is to improve functional movement skills and increase independence within the environment.  Treatment is designed to address postural control, joint stability, functional movement skills, strength and endurance.  Through family education, neuromuscular re-education, functional movement training, gait training, splinting/casting, therapeutic exercise, and use of adaptive devices, family goals are met.

Physical Therapy is beneficial to children and adolescents with the following diagnoses and conditions:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Spina Bifida
  • Strokes
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Brain tumors
  • Syndromes