Physical Therapists are part of the Rehab Team at The Children's Hospital. The Rehab Program combines the expertise of physicians, including physiatrists, neurologists and orthopedics, with that of physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, psychologists and educational personnel. Physical therapists assess neuro-muscular deficits and apply intervention strategies designed to enhance functional independence after injury, accident or congenital/birth deficits.
The goal of physical therapy is to enhance motor skills/function, correct postural faults, improve joint stability and improve overall strength and endurance. Family and patient education is a key component to the success of the treatment. Families are educated on the nature of the diagnosis and prognosis, and well as the risks and benefits of therapy. Through various techniques including Neuromuscular re-education, gait training, therapeutic exercise and activities, family/patient goals can be realized.
Physical Therapy services are beneficial to children and adolescents with the following diagnoses and conditions: