Injuries and congenital conditions can occur in children and adults. Healthcare professionals in the field of pediatric physical therapy have a special job providing care to children from infancy to 18 years old. Special techniques are utilized in physical therapy (PT) to help kids function better in daily life. The guide below highlights some of the differences in childhood and adult PT modalities.
What Is the Role of Pediatric Physical Therapy?
Pediatric physical therapists are trained to analyze movement and develop treatment plans to help patients develop or regain normal motor skills and increase their independence. A licensed physical therapist works in coordination with the patient’s primary care doctor, specialists, and family members to develop a treatment plan for physical and cognitive development.
How Does PT Differ for Children?
Physical therapists can treat a wide range of childhood physical disorders including cerebral palsy, down syndrome, and scoliosis, in addition to muscle weakness and temporary injuries. The physical therapist will work to improve the child’s range of motion mobility, balance, strength, and posture with exercises and stretches. The use of orthopedic devices and adaptive equipment is often necessary during treatment.
How to Know if Your Child Needs PT
Any child who is unable to meet development milestones such as rolling, sitting or standing during the first year of life should see a physical therapist. Additionally, children that have trouble completing gross motor tasks such as jumping, running, or walking without falling should be seen by a PT. Children involved in accidents or sports injuries also need immediate intervention to address physical concerns before they become more severe.
If your child is injured or has developmental challenges, contact the professionals at Therapy Works in Cherokee Village, AR. Their dedicated pediatric physical therapy team treats a wide range of childhood medical conditions and injuries to promote restorative healing and wellness. To learn more call (870) 856-4325 or visit the pediatric therapists online to learn more about their services.