Many children with mobility problems become frustrated and feel left out from their peers. At BSR, our pediatric physical therapy program helps children regain their mobility and quality of life.
How Pediatric Physical Therapists can Help
Physical therapists are movement experts who improve quality of life through individualized exercise, hands-on care, and patient education. The pediatric sub-specialty of physical therapy helps those from infants to adolescents.
However, many in this age group cannot easily access the care they need.Â The physical therapists at BSR assist children to improve their strength, flexibility, coordination, functional activity performance, activities of daily living, and recreational performance.
The Initial Evaluation
The first session involves becoming familiar with your childâ€™s current level of abilities. This takes place with the family present and includes strength testing, range of motion analysis, and gross motor skills assessment.Â Additional questions and discussions will arise to determine the best plan of care and to establish measurable goals. The physical therapist discusses treatment goals with the parents and child.Â Then an individualized treatment plan is developed.
Enjoyable and Effective Treatment Visits
Are you having fun? At the end of each treatment session, your child will be asked this question. Yes, each child is working extremely hard to achieve established goals. However, each session looks and feels like playtime to ensure motivation and engagement. Activities designed to improve gross motor skills are in the form of games.
Who Benefits from Pediatric Physical Therapy?
Physical therapy can positively influence children with a wide range of conditions, including:
- Muscle weakness/imbalance
- Sports-related injuries
- Autism spectrum disorders
- Learning disabilities
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Orthopedic conditions
- Endurance deficits