Physical Therapy

The Physical Therapy Program helps patients reach their full potential by minimizing impairments while promoting mobility and function for participation in their home and community. Our pediatric physical therapists are specialists in the unique needs of children, adolescents and young adults from birth through 21 years of age and they are experts in a variety of treatment interventions allowing them to individualize a plan of care to meet the unique needs of the child and family.

Physical Therapy evaluation and treatment may include:

child in rehab, walking with a walker

  • Ongoing observation and analysis of the child’s functional abilities and struggles
  • Identification of impairments
  • Provision of strategies and home activity suggestions to encourage mobility, increase strength and flexibility, improve balance and coordination, prevent deformities or further injury, overall wellness and fitness recommendations
  • Assess needs for equipment and bracing and make appropriate referrals
  • Coordination of care with other health care providers
  • Partnering with families to develop specific objective, measurable and time based goals to focus the care
  • Provide episodic care to reach patient and families goals with a focus on helping you and your child to develop skills and knowledge to carryover at home and continue to progress after therapy ends

Your physical therapist will work with you to help develop a plan for your child taking into consideration:

  • Your child’s needs based on their diagnosis
  • Goals that you and / or your child have for therapy
  • Evidence (if available) or best practice standards for the amount of therapy needed
  • How your child progresses during therapy
  • What resources are available (i.e., your availability, transportation, funding; family support) to you and your child
  • Agreement by the referring physician on the plan of care, frequency and duration of treatment and discharge plan

Our physical therapy programs treat children with a wide range of diagnoses including but not limited to:

physical therapist helping young boy climb wall

  • Acute medical conditions
  • Amputation
  • Arthrogryposis
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
  • Brain injury
  • Burns
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Developmental delays
  • Genetic disorders
  • Low tone
  • Lymphedema
  • Neuromuscular disorders
  • Osteogenesis imperfecta
  • Orthopedic disorders
  • Pre-op and post-op
  • Respiratory problems
  • Spina bifida
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Sports injuries
  • Torticollis
  • Pain / RND

Interventions recommended may include but are not limited to:

  • Aquatic therapy
  • Balance and coordination activities
  • Serial casting, splinting or bracing
  • Developmental facilitation
  • Endurance training
  • Equipment training (i.e., walkers, crutches, orthotics, prosthetics, standers, wheelchairs)
  • Gait training for difficulty walking
  • Home exercise programs
  • Kinesiotaping
  • Land based treatment
  • Neuromuscular Reeducation
  • Posture exercises
  • Strength exercises
  • Stretching for flexibility
  • Functional Electric Stimulation (FES)

Learn more about our Physical Therapy Services (English OR Spanish)

Physical Therapy from a Parent's Perspective:

Children's Specialized Hospital's Family Faculty Member, Cheryl Hold, shares her personal experience with Physical Therapy.

To schedule an appointment, call 888-244-5373 or click here.

Patient Stories

  • "She's happy, making progress, developing beautifully, and thriving. I credit this to the staff that works with her. They are devoted and never gave up on Sophia.

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  • “Callie used to be embarrassed of using her equipment,” said Amanda. ”She is now so happy to use it and can’t wait to get to therapy every week, race to the toy closet, and pick something out.”

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  • Jonathan and his mom, Sarita, share their experience with Children’s Specialized Hospital.

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