Physical Therapy

At Children's, pediatric physical therapists (PTs) are experts in evaluating and treating children who have difficulties moving their bodies. They achieve this by correcting or improving motor impairments, providing resources for missing skills and building on existing abilities. Pediatric physical therapy promotes independence, increases participation, facilitates motor development and function, improves strength and endurance, enhances learning opportunities, and eases challenges with daily care giving.

Physical therapists evaluate and treat children with a wide range of diagnoses, including:

  • Cancer
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Chronic pain
  • Developmental delay
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Genetic syndromes
  • Hemophilia
  • Developmental Coordination Disorder
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Juvenile arthritis
  • Stroke
  • Torticollis
  • Pediatric obesity
  • Orthopedic injuries or conditions

Physical Therapy Developmental Milestones

Download brochures with information about physical therapy milestones, called gross motor skills, and activities for promoting developmental skills:

  • Developmental Milestones: Birth to 6 months
  • Developmental Milestones: 6 months to 12 months
  • Developmental Milestones: 12 months to 18 months
  • Developmental Milestones: 18 months to 24 months
  • Developmental Milestones: 2 years to 3 years
  • Developmental Milestones: 3 years to 5 years

When is a physical therapy evaluation recommended?

Talk to your physician about a PT evaluation of you have concerns about your child's:

  • Muscle control or motor learning
  • Coordination
  • Balance
  • Strength and endurance
  • Joint motion or protection
  • Movement and mobility
  • Orthotic and prosthetic use
  • Posture and positioning
  • Self-Care
  • Weight
  • Pain Management
  • Adaptive equipment
  • Physical participation daily activities in home/community
  • Achieving developmental milestones

Physical Therapy Services/Programs

The Children's physical therapists are proud to offer the following programs and services:

  • Serial Casting
  • Pediatric Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy
  • Aquatic Therapy
  • In-patient services provided in: PICU, Cardiac, Hematology/Oncology and Med-Surgical Units of the hospitals providing evaluations and treatment of clients.
  • Gross motor delay evaluation and treatment
  • Positioning and adaptive equipment evaluation and treatment
  • Orthopedic evaluation and treatment
  • Infant Massage
  • Oncology evaluation and treatment
  • Pets Assisting With Healing (PAWH)

Physical Therapy Team Evaluations

The physical therapists at Children's are part of the following multi-disciplinary teams:

  • Pain Clinic
  • Hemophilia Clinic
  • Sports Medicine Clinic
  • Craniofacial Clinic
  • NICU follow-up clinic
  • Neuro-oncology clinic