Physical Therapy

Physical therapy helps children learn to successfully and independently perform gross motor skills and functional mobility skills. As a child develops these skills successfully, it creates a greater form of independence that helps achieve a higher sense of self-esteem.

Addressing a variety of mobility concerns, including weakness, decreased flexibility, poor posture, difficulty walking, decreased balance, and pain with movement, physical therapy can play an important role in helping children achieve their full potential.

What Are Gross Motor Skills?

Gross motor skills are the abilities required to control the muscles of the body for large movements such as crawling, walking, jumping, running, and more. They also include higher-level skills such as climbing, skipping, and throwing and catching a ball. By developing these skills through physical therapy, children can become more confident in their abilities and better equipped to participate in activities with their peers

Physical Therapists Are Movement Experts

They have expertise in movement, motor development, and body function (e.g., strength and endurance). They apply clinical reasoning during examination, evaluation, diagnosis, and intervention for children, youth, and young adults. As primary healthcare providers, PTs also promote health and wellness as they implement a wide variety of supports in collaboration with families, communities, and other medical, educational, developmental, and rehabilitation specialists.

Our physical therapists must be graduates of accredited educational programs and comply with the rules of state licensure and practice guidelines. Additional credentials related to specialization in content, skills, or other academic degrees may be used to recognize an individual’s advanced knowledge and skills.

We Provide Therapy For

Infants and Young Children Treatments

  • Torticollis
  • Scoliosis Rehabilitation
  • Delayed Walking
  • Gross Motor Delay
  • Low Muscle Tone and Generalized Muscle Weakness
  • Hypertonia
  • Neuromuscular Disorders
    (Cerebral Palsy, Brachial Plexus Injuries)
  • Congenital and Genetic Disorders
    (Spina Bifida, Down Syndrome, Angelman Syndrome, Prader Willi Syndrome)
  • Sensory-Motor Dysfunction
  • Muscle In Coordination
  • Visual Impairment

School-Aged Child Treatments

  • Post Fracture Rehabilitation
  • Torticollis and Scoliosis Treatment
  • Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Gait Disorders (Including Chronic Toe Walking)
  • Disorders of Balance and Coordination
  • Childhood Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Pediatric Incontinence

Adolescent Services

  • Repetitive Trauma
  • Sports Rehabilitation and Conditioning
  • Muscle Strains
  • Joint Sprains
  • Plan for return to sport
  • Injury Prevention
  • Patient Education
  • Orthotic Referrals
  • Spinal Care
  • Pediatric Incontinence

Treatment Techniques and Tools At All Locations

If your child needs our services, we will work closely with you to select the best therapies for them, creating a customized program specific to your child’s needs and your family’s goals.

Pediatric LiteGait

The LiteGait can support clients in standing, seated, or quadruped positions. It can be used over a treadmill or overground, and a child can engage with balance equipment, toys, and other children. Partial body weight-supported treadmill training has been shown to be effective in gait training for patients with neurological disorders.

Hypervibe Vibration Plate

Whole Body Vibration (WBV) is delivered via a mechanical vibrating platform. As the machine vibrates, it transmits energy to the individual standing, sitting, lying, or kneeling on the plate, causing the muscles to contract and relax many times each second. With frequencies ranging from 5 – 25 Hz, therapists can use the Hypervibe to address a variety of therapeutic goals, including balance training, mobilization and stretching of tight muscles, spasticity reduction, and strength and coordination building.

Functional Electrical Stimulation

A modality aimed at improving strength, coordination, endurance, sensory feedback, and timing in muscles used to promote improved motor control and strength in patients. Electrodes placed on the skin over the targeted muscle provide a low-level electrical current and cause them to contract.

Serial Casting

A procedure used to stretch and lengthen muscles. Serial casting uses a series of casts to hold and stretch muscles of arms or legs. Each cast is put on and worn for up to 7 days. Two to three casts can be worn over 3-4 weeks to improve the range of motion of a joint such as an ankle or wrist.

How Do I Know if My Child Needs Physical Therapy?

  • After an injury (from a fall, during a sporting event, etc.)
  • After a surgery
  • If your child frequently falls, trips, or slips and seems to be off balance
  • If your child has difficulty keeping up with his/her peers on the playground or at school
  • If your child has difficulty with coordinating his/her movements, including tasks such as jumping jacks
  • If your child chronically complains of pain in the same body part
  • If your child is developmentally delayed- see details below

Developmental Delay

Developmental delay is when your child is not reaching certain “motor milestones” at the expected age. Children typically develop their gross motor skills such as rolling over, crawling, and walking in a predictable sequence and within a predictable time frame. See our developmental milestones chart for general times to achieve motor skills. If your child is not performing these motor milestones as expected, a physical therapist may be able to help your child.