Children are expected to meet specific motor and developmental milestones by certain ages. As a parent, you may be worried if your child is lagging behind other children their age. Our Physical Therapists use their expertise in movement and apply clinical reasoning through the process of examination, evaluation, diagnosis, and intervention.
The Role of a Pediatric Physical Therapist
Pediatric physical therapists are uniquely trained to solve physiological problems affecting children. These medical professionals are better able to understand the functionality of a child’s bones, muscles, joints, and tendons, and are much more aware of developmental issues that can be treated using physical therapy practices. This type of specialist is able to provide pediatric patients with one on one individual care to help children assert a needed level of control over their bodies to the best of their abilities.
Why Your Child Might Need a Pediatric Physical Therapist
Pediatric physical therapists treat children of a wide age range, including infancy all the way through their teen years. Some of the issues they can address may pertain to:
- Certain physical deformities or differences
- Genetic disorders like Down Syndrome
- Brain, spinal, and nerve disorders
- Developmental delay
Treatment for Infants
TLC Pediatric Therapies will typically treat babies if they are affected by torticollis, a condition where a child tilts their head or can only turn his or her head in one direction. If diagnosed and treated early, torticollis can be easily corrected. In addition, more serious conditions like spina bifida and other birth defects can be treated using pediatric physical therapy methods.
Treatment for Toddlers
Toddlers seen regularly at TLC Pediatric Therapies are often assisted with proper movement, muscle coordination, orthopedic disorders, muscle diseases, and preventing any further developmental delays. Physical therapy during these years can also aid in improving range of motion issues, coordination, muscle strength, and endurance.
Treatment for Teens
During a child’s teen years, they may attend physical therapy sessions with our specialists as they related to range of motion and mobility. TLC Pediatric Therapies can help prevent overuse injuries and repeated micro-trauma to bones, muscles, joints, and tendons. Teens begin a rapid growth spurt during puberty that makes their bodies more susceptible to injury, especially if they are are not practicing proper technique. Pediatric physical therapy can correct mechanical problems that lead to injury.
The Tangible Value of Pediatric Physical Therapy
Any youngster who is recommended to go through physical therapy is not likely to be excited about their treatment process, though one of the many benefits of a pediatric physical therapist is that they understand kids. Our specialists use techniques to engage kids and make the experience a lot more fun. They make a point to become familiar with each child, and choose kid-friendly and age appropriate activities during therapy sessions.
If a child is attending physical therapy for help with a disability, a pediatric therapist can still make it enjoyable and keep them motivated and happy throughout each visit to our office.
If you think that your little one may benefit from pediatric physical therapy, give TLC Pediatric Therapies a call to schedule a consultation. For those who are already involved in sessions, be sure to talk to your child’s pediatric therapist about what you could be doing at home to improve the effectiveness of their treatments!
As always, if you have any further questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call (407) 905-9300 today!