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Physical Therapy and Children

Physical therapy can assist children and infants in achieving age-appropriate gross motor skills. Physical therapy can improve cardio-pulmonary, and skeletal muscle strength and endurance. All improvements help infants and children participate in age-appropriate activities. Physical therapists also work to improve deficits caused by orthopedic injuries, disease, disability, and developmental delay.


Conditions That May Require Physical and/or Occupational Therapy

  • Developmental delays
  • Learning disabilities
  • Delayed motor development
  • Sensory Integrative Dysfunction
  • Arthritis
  • Neurological conditions
  • Orthopedic conditions
  • Prematurity
  • Visual Difficulties
  • Delayed Coordination
  • Decreased Muscle strength
  • Decreased muscle endurance
  • Unable to keep up with peers
  • Osteoporosis
  • Feeding difficulties


Signs That a Child May Benefit From Physical Therapy

  • Difficulty participating in physical activities
  • Poor gross motor skills (catching, throwing balls, hopping on one foot, jumping, skipping, etc.)
  • Difficulty moving arms and legs due to joint swelling, contractures and/or pain
  • Unable to keep up with peers
  • Poor posture
  • Difficulty recovering from orthopedic injuries
  • Osteoporosis