Physical Therapy

What is Physical Therapy?

Physical Therapy is a field of science concerned with the ability and quality of motor skills or large motor activities related to movement. The patient referred to physical therapy may be disabled or delayed by illness, accident, birth defect or complications. This may result in the patient having abnormal muscle tone, impaired balance, decreased functional movement, weakness, or poor coordination. A PT’s role includes examination, evaluation, and interventions toward achieving the highest functional outcomes for each patient/client. Patient may attend therapy for 1-2 sessions, or continue on for many months depending on their age and level of disability. A treatment plan is developed which includes a home program for the patient/family/caregiver to carry out at home.

Physical therapists (PT’s) are health care professionals who diagnose and treat people of all ages who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. PT’s also help prevent conditions associated with loss of mobility through fitness and wellness programs that achieve healthy and active lifestyles. PT’s examine individuals and develop plans using treatment techniques that promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability

How long will a typical therapy session last and what will happen during a session?
A typical physical therapy treatment session will last approximately an hour depending on the child’s endurance or level of fatigue.

During a typical treatment session the therapist will plan fun and play based activities geared towards each child. These activities may include crawling, walking, climbing stairs, jumping and playing games to address balance and coordination, and to strengthen the large muscles of the body.

 

Who could benefit from physical therapy?
Children who can benefit from physical therapy may have been diagnosed with: Children who can benefit from physical therapy may have been diagnosed with:

 

  • Gross motor developmental delays
  • Orthopedic injuries
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Spina bifida
  • Down syndrome
  • Brain injuries
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Low muscle tone
  • Torticollis
  • Toe walking
  • Coordination difficulties
How long can I expect my child to need therapy?
Every child is different and duration of therapy varies. A child may require a short period of therapy for balance or coordination concerns. A child may be a “late walker” or need to have an orthopedic injury addressed. Other children may require a longer duration of therapy to meet crucial developmental milestones.
Some common signs that your child may benefit from a physical therapy evaluation are:
Physical Therapy is a field of science concerned with the ability and quality of motor skills or large motor activities related to movement
  • Delayed developmental milestones (for example a child who has not met typical developmental milestones within 2-3 months (rolling, sitting unsupported, crawling, walking and jumping).
  • Unable to walk or requires special equipment to walk
  • Difficulty or cannot perform gross motor skills (movements of the large muscles) for example, running, crawling, walking and jumping
  • Orthopedic injuries
  • Poor balance
  • Frequent falling or tripping
  • Limited neck range of motion
  • Poor trunk control
  • Any of the above diagnoses