Younger patients can require physical therapy for a broad range of reasons, from developmental disorders to sports-related injuries. For example, with the ever-increasing number of children developing pediatric sports injuries, there’s a greater recognition that younger patients have highly specific needs. Children diagnosed with developmental conditions such as scoliosis can also require special attention to improve mobility and functioning.
Physical therapy for children, also known as pediatric rehabilitation, requires an experienced practitioner with specialized training. Even if you know you’ve found a qualified therapist, it’s still possible to have a number of questions and concerns about this form of treatment.
That’s why we’re happy to share the following guide regarding what to expect from physical therapy for children. Take a moment to read over the following information and don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you’d like to learn more.
Overview of physical therapy for children
Growing bodies require specialized care and attention, which is why we take a highly collaborative approach between parents, young patients and other members of the treatment team to ensure that compassionate and personalized treatment is provided. A pediatric rehabilitation program typically begins with an evaluation that includes a review of medical and treatment history, assessment of posture and range-of-motion tests. The goal is to identify painful areas and movement issues while establishing treatment objectives.
Depending on the condition or injury being treated, physical therapy for children may consist of the following treatment options:
- Low-impact therapeutic exercises
- Gentle transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation
- Educational counseling and recommendations for injury prevention
We recognize that each patient is different, and this especially applies to the needs of our younger patients. This is why the team at Arrow Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation takes a highly personalized approach to all forms of treatment we provide, including physical therapy for children.
Reach out to the team at Arrow
If you’d like to learn more about what to expect when undergoing physical therapy for children, please contact us today. We can also help you schedule your initial appointment at one of our conveniently located clinics — just ask one of our friendly representatives.