What is Pediatric Physical Therapy?

man jogging outsideAt MOTION, we provide specialized services for treating babies, toddlers, teenagers, and young adults with conditions related to genetic, neurological, and orthopedic disorders. Our top therapists work with children and their families to provide the best medical care to aid children in reaching their utmost potential to function independently and gain the strength to move effortlessly and effectively. Pediatric physical therapy encompasses a variety of different services that treat many different conditions.

Benefits of Pediatric Physical Therapy

Children’s bones, muscles, and joints require special and personalized medical care. Growth plates in children that are responsible for making new bone tissue are open, and without proper diagnosis and treatment, these injuries could cause permanent damage. MOTION specializes in working with children one-on-one and our team has expertise in treating pediatric injuries. We understand that children need individualized attention and that it is important to learn about each child in order to provide a tailored rehabilitation program that prevents long-term future injuries. The pediatric physical therapists at MOTION do more than just diagnose and treat injuries; they have a passion for working with kids and provide a fun, kid-friendly atmosphere that makes kids more comfortable and at ease during their treatments.

Who is Prone to Injuries?

Though injuries can occur at any time, playing sports exposes children to an increased risk of injury. Being a young athlete is great, but since the body is still growing, young athletes are prone to getting injuries that cause daily aches and pains. Potential injuries can include muscle strains and tears or even injuries as serious as a concussion. Such serious injuries require immediate medical attention to ensure your young athlete gets proper treatment. At MOTION we will work with your child one-on-one to provide them with the best treatment to get them back on their feet and onto the field feeling better than ever.

Type of Pediatric Therapies

Physical, occupational, and speech therapy are offered at MOTION to ensure that your child is getting the appropriate type of therapy for their needs.

  • Physical therapy evaluates the child’s ability to move, stand, and use their body. It can help with delayed milestones, muscle imbalances, poor coordination, and other conditions by assisting with functional training and exercises with the help of medications and diet changes. Physical therapy prevents, enhances, and restores movement and physical functions damaged by different diseases, injuries, or disabilities.
  • Occupational therapy examines how the child performs with their day-to-day activities. It assists with challenges your child might have with coordination, fine motor skills, or learning skills. Occupational therapy engages in activities of the child’s everyday life to enable and encourage participation in day-to-day activities despite having an impairment, physical limitations, or mental functions.
  • Speech therapy examines the child’s listening, speaking, and communication skills. It helps with language, social skills, and speech sound errors.

What to Expect During Your First Appointment?

If you have any concerns that your child might be suffering from daily pains and aches and might need the attention of a pediatric physical therapist call MOTION to schedule your child’s first appointment. The first appointment will be focused on evaluating the condition and its history. The first appointment will be educational for you and your child as the therapists go over the condition, progression, and treatment plan.