Physical Therapy at a Glance:
At ATC our therapist help enhances your child’s strength, gross motor skills, coordination, range of motion, balance, gait, heart and lung endurance, and delayed motor development.
Our physical therapist will also assess the need for any special positioning equipment, lower extremity casts, braces and mobility aids.
EVALUATION assesses the child’s:
Muscle and joint function
Strength and endurance
Posture and balance
Sensory & neuro motor development
Use of assistive technology
Who Can Benefit from physical therapy?
Doctors may recommend physical therapy for children who have difficulty moving in such a way that it limits their daily activities. Some of these conditions include:
Muscle corn concerns.
Every child responds best to a unique carefully crafted treatment plan, which our physical therapist creates. Our physical therapist at ATC:
Teach children and families about safety and home exercises.
Collaborate, coach, and consult with families, community agencies, and other service providers
Guide children through a variety of different exercises routine and activities.
Benefits of Physical Therapy:
Increase and maintain muscle strength and endurance
Increase developmental activities such as crawling and walking
Implement adaptive play, recreation and leisure
Increased flexibility to restore and increase joint range of motion
Increase balance coordination, movement and mobility
Decrease muscle pain and spasticity
Decrease swelling and inflammation of joints
Prevent contracture and deformity of limbs
Promote mobility through walking or use of wheel chair
Increase ability in daily activities such as self care and play
Adaptation of daily care & routines
Equipment design, fabrication & fitting
Orthotics and prosthetics
Safety and prevention programs
Use of assistive technology
At ATC our physical therapist collaborates with our local community rehab engineer, and together this team member uses innovative wheelchair adaptive devices, custom-designed aids and electronics to enhance the seating, positioning and specific mobility needs of the child.
Children may benefit from physical therapy for a variety of reasons, for example…
My son isn’t able to keep up with his peers on the playground. He’s slower than others and often trips.
After orthopedic bracing/surgery for club feet and a dislocated hip, my son needs help to strengthen his legs and learn how to move.
My 3 month old daughter tilts her head to the left. At first I thought it was cute, now I’m concerned that she’s not able to look in other directions, and she’s getting a flat head.
Our son just got diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Who can help him?
After the car accident, my daughter needs to relearn how to move.
No diagnosis has been given, but our daughter has been behind in reaching her 1st year developmental milestones.
After chemotherapy, our son is really weak. Both he and I need to learn how to help him regain his strength.
My new born is not turning her head to both sides, and has reduced movement of her neck
I’m concerned about my daughter’s low endurance and overall fitness level.