Pediatric physical therapists work with children from infancy through adolescence to improve independence and participation through motor development and improvement of strength and endurance. Our physical therapists evaluate and treat children with movement impairments from illness, injury, disease, or disability. They provide services to enhance a variety of skills: motor planning, balance and coordination, strength, range of motion, adaptive strategies and play, motor learning, orthotics and prosthetics, and health promotion and prevention. After an injury physical therapists work with children and their families on exercises to decrease pain, strengthen and regain movement, and educate on the prevention of future injuries.
Your child may need physical therapy if you notice any of the red flags below:
- Torticollis: in infants, head is tilted to one side due to tightness of the neck muscle
- Delays in gross motor development: Rolling, sitting, crawling, standing, walking
- Asymmetrical body use: child favors use of one leg/arm/etc. over the other
- Abnormal or poor posture including flat feet or “W” sitting*
- Limited or excessive joint mobility
- Floppiness or stiffness in muscle tone
- Difficulty with balance and coordination
- Excessive clumsiness
- Awkward jumping or running patterns
*W sitting is when a child is sitting on their bottom with both knees bent and their legs turned out away from their body forming a W shape.