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What is pediatric physical therapy?

Pediatric physical therapy focuses on helping restore patients’ mobility to an affected area of the body immediately after medical treatment or surgery.
The goals of physical therapy are to prevent disability, to regain flexibility and movement after an injury or disease, and to relieve pain. Our team of physical therapists wants your child to enjoy the activities of childhood, whether it’s playing with friends or enjoying sports, so we focus on restoring his or her function after medical care.

Licensed physical therapists and physical therapist assistants work in the pediatric and neonatal intensive care units and in the inpatient and outpatient clinics at McLane Children’s.

What services do pediatric physical therapists provide?

Physical therapists perform appropriate tests to evaluate neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, and sensory motor functions. After assessing a patient’s situation, physical therapists develop a treatment plan to help him or her return to the highest level of function. This can be achieved by a variety of techniques, including exercises to increase strength, endurance, and coordination.

Therapists also educate patients and their parents on the importance of physical fitness and the important relationship of health and nutrition to disease.

Our services include:

  • Postinjury rehabilitation
  • Orthopedic or musculoskeletal rehabilitation, such as for broken limbs and injured joints
  • Neurological rehabilitation, to help maintain balance and posture
  • Trauma rehabilitative therapy
  • Brain and spine rehabilitation, in coordination with other pediatric specialty services
  • Help for patients to adapt both to assistive devices, such as walkers, used during treatment and to prosthetics
  • Family training and patient education for care needs after discharge

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