We have all heard of physical therapists and most of us have benefited from their expertise at one point or another, but many people may not know that some physical therapists also provide care to our pediatric population. Pediatric physical therapy specializes in the evaluation and treatment of children who suffer from injuries or congenital conditions. Patients in this group range in age from infants to 18 years.
When should your child be referred to a pediatric physical therapist?
There are many reasons children undergo physical therapy, from sports-related injuries to congenital delays. Your child may benefit from pediatric physical therapy after a sprain, strain, fracture, or other injuries. Children suffering from other disorders such as Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, scoliosis, traumatic brain injury, juvenile arthritis, chronic pain, poor posture, gait issues, sensory processing disorders, or motor function delays will also benefit from pediatric physical therapy. Pediatric physical therapists can also help with injury prevention by teaching your child proper form with physical activities.
What are the benefits of a pediatrics-trained physical therapist?
Pediatric physical therapists are specifically trained to improve the daily function and lives of children by working with families to help children function independently and reach their maximum potential. It is the goal of pediatric physical therapy to improve your child’s strength, range of motion, stability, coordination, and motor skills by providing motivational and fun activities that encourage the child’s participation. By helping your child improve strength, coordination, and stability, physical therapy promotes confidence and encourages increased participation in sports, gym class, and other physical activities.
How can your child be referred to pediatric physical therapy?
If you have concerns about your child and feel that he/she can benefit from pediatric physical therapy, call Delta Health Pediatrics to schedule an appointment with the Pediatrician, Dr. Amanda Lovette today! Dr. Lovette will perform an initial evaluation on your child and send the appropriate referral to a therapist who will best serve your child’s needs. Adolescent physical therapy services are also available through Delta Health Outpatient Therapies and Sports Performance for those ages 10-19. To learn more call the Delta location at 970.874.2250 or visit deltahealthco.org.