As National Physical Therapy (PT) Month comes to an end, we’d like to share with you the ways physical therapists help heal, restore, and improve our ability to move. This month gives physical therapists and assistants an opportunity to highlight their expertise in improving quality of life.
No matter what area of the body, physical therapists help many individuals of all ages. They can work in hospitals, clinics, schools, or homes. The American Physical Therapy Association describes physical therapists as “trusted health care professionals with extensive clinical experience who examine, diagnose, and then prevent or treat conditions that limit the body’s ability to move and function in daily life.”
Pediatric physical therapists work with children and families to assist each child in reaching their maximum potential to function independently and to promote active participation in home, school and community environments (APTA). Pediatric physical therapists also help motor development and function, improve strength and endurance, enhance learning opportunities, and ease challenges with daily caregiving.
At Pediatric Therapy Partners, our physical therapists work to improve a child’s gross motor skills, the everyday activities that use the body’s large muscle groups. Pediatric Therapy Partners holds certification and extensive training including:
· Aquatic (pool) therapy
· NDT (Neurodevelopmental) based treatment techniques
· Childhood athletic injuries
· Childhood health and fitness
Some common diagnoses seen in pediatric Physical Therapy include:
· Gross motor development
· Coordination and balance
· Mobility training
· Motor planning
· Adaptive equipment assessment and training
Pediatric Therapy Partners works together with each family, seeing as they have a primary role in their child’s development. The therapists at PTP collaborate with the family to stimulate development and implement treatment strategies with the goal of reaching further for our clients to help them laugh, love, and live life to its fullest.
If you have any concerns with your children, please visit us at www.pediatrictherapypartners.com and request a free screening.
American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) http://www.moveforwardpt.com/WhyTherapy/AboutPTs/
Pediatric Therapy Partners www.pediatrictherapypartners.com