When disease or injury impairs your child’s ability to move and function physically, pediatric physical therapy can help preserve, enhance or restore movement and range of motion.
What do pediatric physical therapists do at Children’s?
At Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, your child’s pediatric physical therapist will take a health history and perform tests to assess his range of motion, muscle strength, tone and stiffness, motor skills, and gait. The therapist will also determine whether there’s a need for specialized equipment.
Physical therapists use a variety of methods during pediatric physical therapy, including:
- Strengthening, stretching and aerobic exercise
- Heat, ice, ultrasound and electrical stimulation
- Serial casting
- Joint mobilization
- Developmental activities
At Children’s, our approach focuses on mutually agreed-upon goals of the child, parents and physical therapy team. This collaborative effort allows our physical therapists to help children and young adults achieve optimal independence and adequate functioning at home and away from home.
Children’s physical therapy services are available at all three of our outpatient locations. In addition to outpatient care, our therapists provide inpatient rehabilitation.
Our pediatric physical therapists provide care and assistance for the following conditions and injuries:
At Children’s, our team of pediatric physical therapists offer a variety of specialty services to help make sure your child receives the best care possible while recovering from an illness or injury, including: