Pediatric PTs help kids improve their range of motion, strength, flexibility, and movement patterns. They help make everyday activities easier for kids.
Pediatric rehabilitation, also known as pediatric rehabilitation or pediatric physical medicine and rehabilitation, focuses on the evaluation, treatment, and management of children with physical disabilities, injuries, or chronic conditions. It aims to enhance functional capabilities, promote independence, and improve the quality of life for children and their families.
Pediatric Delayed Milestones: Milestones are the predicted points for when a child reaches a significant stage in their development such as walking or talking. A delayed milestone is when a child has not reached a significant stage at the predicted age.


Physical therapists (PTs) play a crucial role in the treatment of various pediatric conditions, addressing issues related to movement, function, and overall physical well-being. Some common pediatric conditions treated by physical therapists include:


Cerebral Palsy (CP):

Physical therapists work with children with cerebral palsy to improve muscle tone, coordination, and mobility. They may use therapeutic exercises, stretching, and assistive devices to enhance functional abilities.


Developmental Delays:

Children who experience delays in reaching developmental milestones may benefit from physical therapy. PTs work on gross motor skills, balance, and coordination to help children catch up with their peers.


Orthopedic Conditions:

Physical therapists treat a variety of orthopedic conditions in children, such as fractures, musculoskeletal injuries, and post-surgical rehabilitation. They help improve strength, flexibility, and range of motion.


Neuromuscular Disorders:

Conditions like muscular dystrophy, spinal muscular atrophy, and peripheral neuropathies may affect muscle strength and coordination. Physical therapists develop programs to maintain or improve mobility and function.


Genetic Disorders:

Children with genetic disorders like Down syndrome or Ehlers-Danlos syndrome may benefit from physical therapy to address specific challenges related to muscle tone, joint laxity, and overall mobility.


Spina Bifida:

Physical therapists work with children with spina bifida to address issues related to motor function, gait, and mobility. They may assist with mobility aids and adaptive equipment.


Torticollis and Plagiocephaly:

Physical therapists help infants with conditions like torticollis (a neck muscle problem) and plagiocephaly (abnormal head shape) through exercises, stretches, and repositioning techniques.


Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA):

Children with JRA may experience joint pain and stiffness. Physical therapists focus on maintaining joint mobility, reducing pain, and promoting overall physical function.


Pediatric Sports Injuries:

PTs play a role in the rehabilitation of sports-related injuries in children, such as sprains, strains, and fractures. They guide the recovery process and help prevent future injuries.


Autism Spectrum Disorders:

Physical therapists may address motor coordination and sensory processing challenges in children with autism, contributing to improved motor skills and overall participation in daily activities.


Acquired Brain Injuries:

Children who have experienced traumatic brain injuries or other acquired brain injuries may require physical therapy to address mobility, balance, and coordination issues.