Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy services include evaluation and treatment of movement disorders that may cause:

  • difficulties with gross motor and functional skills
  • problems with walking, running or climbing
  • problems moving from one place to another within the environment

Physical Therapists assist with selecting, molding, fitting and training patients in the use of orthotics (splints or braces), prosthetics (artificial limbs), and special equipment (walkers, wheelchairs, standers, etc.) to compensate for difficulties with movement.

Physical Therapists also help modify exercises or activities and equipment for the home, school, and/or community.

Conditions for which children may benefit from PT include:

  • developmental delay
  • high risk due to prematurity or medical conditions
  • orthopedic problems including pain, fracture, dislocation, and congenital anomalies
  • neurologic disorders such as Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, Muscular Dystrophy and others
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Head Injury
  • Weakness due to illness

Orthopedic Conditions
Physical Therapists provide services to children and adolescents with orthopedic conditions to reduce pain and discomfort, correct postural faults, improve joint stability and improve overall strength and endurance. We believe patient/parent education is key in the overall success of our program. Education includes awareness of diagnosis, prognosis, causes of injury and pain, as well as home exercise programs designed to improve independence and reduce the risk of recurrence.

Physical Therapy can be effective in managing the following diagnoses and conditions:

  • Adolescent back pain
  • Knee pain including symptoms related to patello-femoral syndrome, Osgood-Slaughter, chondromalacia, etc.
  • Hip pain including symptoms related to Legg-Clave-Perthes, avascular necrosis, etc.
  • Ankle injuries
  • Fractures
  • Follow-up to most orthopedic surgeries
  • Arthrogryposis
  • Spinal curvatures
  • Club foot
  • Torticollis