Pediatric Physical TherapyRichmond, TX
Pediatric physical therapy can benefit teenagers, children, and even babies by improving their mobility skills and work to the full extent of their functionality. This form of care can help instill good habits that will stick with children for the rest of their lives. Pediatric physical therapy is especially useful for those recovering from injuries or dealing with developmental delays.
Pediatric physical therapy is available at Polygon Physical Therapy Center in Richmond and the surrounding area. We know you want to see your child thrive. We can help. Call us today at 832-547-2282 to schedule an appointment or to learn more about our services.
Understanding Pediatric Physical Therapy
Pediatric physical therapists work directly with children and their families. As such, they are knowledgeable about issues specific to children: their balance, coordination, mobility, safety awareness, and strength. Their goal is to help children function independently as possible so that they may enjoy active participation in various social environments. Typically, pediatric physical therapists work from children as young as newborns to anyone as old as 18.
Doctors often recommend pediatric physical therapy to children who have been injured or are experiencing any condition that limits their mobility. Pediatric physical therapy can help children return to (or improve their ability to function in) daily activities, improve strength and range of motion, and avoid future injuries. Our team can accomplish this through various modalities, such as developmental activities, balance and coordination activities, strength training, flexibility exercises, and more.
The Importance of Pediatric Physical Therapy
Unlike adults, children do not always understand why they are in therapy. Without proper guidance, they may quickly become bored and frustrated with their treatment. A pediatric physical therapist is skilled in working with children and knows how to motivate them to set realistic goals for themselves. They can even make treatment fun, making it easier for children to improve their conditions.
Furthermore, for many children, early intervention is critical in preventing future aggravation. Without proper treatment, children may become stuck in a self-perpetuating cycle of worsening their condition. It is also important to note that children who have trouble meeting developmental milestones may also become fearful of trying new motor skills, which may lead to social or emotional problems. When accompanied by support from the parents and the family, pediatric physical therapists can help set children up for success for the rest of their lives.
Conditions Treated by Pediatric Physical Therapy
Pediatric physical therapy can help with virtually any condition that limits a child’s mobility. However, some of the most common involve:
- Acute trauma
- Congenital disabilities
- Cerebral palsy
- Developmental delays
- Genetic disorders
- Head injury
- Heart and lung conditions
Additionally, our clinic is proud to offer a wide variety of services, including posture correction, sports rehabilitation, brain damage rehabilitation, and more.
Parents may also want to consider consulting with a physical therapist if they find that their child is not meeting developmental milestones, as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Other signs a child may benefit from pediatric physical therapy include muscle weaknesses or imbalances, poor coordination and motor planning, and nerve or muscle conditions. A pediatric physical therapist can check a child's strength, development, and physical abilities to determine whether or not further treatment is necessary.
What Happens in a Pediatric Physical Therapy Session
Each pediatric physical therapy is customized to meet the patient's unique needs, meaning no two sessions will be precisely the same. Each session should look and feel primarily like play. By keeping children engaged in age-appropriate games and activities, pediatric physical therapists should be able to keep them motivated and entertained — despite all the hard work that treatment may entail.
Moreover, each pediatric physical therapy session's end goal is to improve gross motor skills. These are any tasks that involve major muscle groups, such as walking and throwing. Pediatric physical therapists may use various techniques to improve mobility, including but not limited to aquatic therapy, manual therapy, motor learning, tone management, orthotics and prosthetics, and assistive technology.
Call Us Today
Pediatric physical therapy can help set your child up for success in the future. Our compassionate staff is here to help improve mobility issues in your child's formative years. Call us today at 832-547-2282 to schedule an appointment or to learn more about our services.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is my child legally entitled to pediatric physical therapy?
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) includes legal provisions for pediatric physical therapy for those up to 21 years old if they are eligible for early intervention (Part C) or special education and related services (Part B). Additionally, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act requires reasonable accommodations for disabled individuals protected from discrimination. Private and public health insurance programs should also cover physical therapy, though services and reimbursement may vary.
How can I help assist in my child’s physical therapy process?
Parental and familial support are crucial to a child's development. We know you want to see your child succeed. We will work closely with you to determine the best ways for you to get involved in your child's treatment. This may include positioning during daily activities, adapting toys for play, and more.
What should my child wear for pediatric physical therapy?
The session will be easier and more comfortable for your child if they wear loose, comfortable clothing and a pair of socks. If your child has orthopedic problems, then they may want to come in wearing a pair of shorts. It may be necessary to remove some clothing to better examine how your child breathes or see the position of their limbs.
What developmental milestones should my child be meeting?
By four to five months, your child should be able to roll on their own. They should be able to sit by six to seven months. Crawling and pulling to stand should take place from nine to 12 months. Finally, children should be able to walk by 12 to 18 months.
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