Pediatric Physical Therapy
What is Pediatric Physical Therapy?
Physical therapy evaluates and addresses problems with motor skills. Children at different ages require varying movements and development to achieve the full mobility needed for walking, running and climbing. Physical therapy works to achieve the most typical and efficient movement and balance for the child’s body. A physical therapist uses a variety of treatment activities to help increase strength, endurance and mobility for your child to be able to move within their environment. Physical therapists also evaluate for the need of any adaptive equipment or orthotics your child may need to further his or her success. Whether using adaptation or working to strengthen and increase range of motion in body parts, a physical therapist can help a child achieve greater mobility and independence in their lives.
Our Pediatric Physical Therapists (PT) work with children and their families to assist each child in reaching their goals to function independently and to promote active participation in home, school and community environments. We evaluate, create and provide individualized treatment for children who have difficulty with motor skills. Your child might need physical therapy to help with developmental delay, a birth defect, chronic illness or an injury. Physical therapy helps develop the strength and range of motion children need to move through their environment easily and effectively.
Physical therapy goals often include help with developmental milestones like sitting, standing, crawling and walking. Our licensed physical therapists also assess the need for orthotics (like splints and braces) and recommend adaptive equipment.
Physical Therapy Treatments
Occupational therapists address these delays during treatment utilizing play activities where the child may not realize they are working on skill development. As occupational therapists, our goal in all treatments is to find meaningful and purposeful activities that motivate the child to reach their full potential.
The PPHC Approach
The commitment of PPHC is to provide high quality, outcome-oriented healthcare to patients requiring specialized pediatric rehabilitation services in the home. This commitment is shared by every employee of PPHC as we strive daily for clinical excellence, high standards of patient care, partnerships with our families and communities, and ongoing therapy education.
By providing Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy we are able to provide a valuable multidisciplinary approach that serves all the child’s therapy needs. In addition, consistent collaboration with doctors and community healthcare providers widen our ability to care for the children further. Frequent communication and cooperation with a child’s school is also taken into consideration as we provide the most thorough care possible to meet each child’s goals.
Our hope is to set goals with the patient and family and do everything we can to help a child reach their personal best. The family is a key component in optimizing therapy outcomes. We want all of our families to feel that they are involved and knowledgeable about the therapy and care their children are receiving, because help and follow through at home can make a world of difference in the effectiveness of therapy.
With caregiver collaboration and family centered treatment, we provide a level of excellence in therapy that we are proud to share with you.