Pediatric physical therapy promotes independence, facilitates motor development and function, improves strength and enhances learning opportunities by strengthening the body. Children are referred for physical therapy if they demonstrate challenges with “age appropriate” gross motor skills, or if they have sustained an injury that limits their previous level of mobility and function. Some of the benefits of pediatric physical therapy include improved gross motor development, increased endurance, improved balance, and improved coordination, prevention of injuries, increased muscular strength and range of motion, improved walking patterns and a heightened self-esteem.
Physical therapy treatment includes strengthening weak muscles, balance and coordination exercises, endurance training, exercises to facilitate gross motor development, and exercises to improve gait patterns- all of which are performed in a fun, engaging manner to ensure optimal participation and optimal results for each child. Family training is an essential part of the treatment, thus ensuring that carryover exists in the child’s daily routine.
Physical therapy may include:
- Developmental activities (rolling, crawling, sitting, standing and walking)
- Strong preference for turning the head to one side or using one side of the body
- Balance and coordination
- Gross motor tasks (hopping, jumping, and skipping)
- Physical and Stamina training to build up strength around an injury if occurs or without an Injury.
Although children may receive school-based therapy, outpatient pediatric physical therapy may be used as an adjunct. Outpatient therapy provides a less disruptive means for a child to be engaged in activities necessary to guarantee optimal performance at home and in the community without missing key academic training.
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