Pediatricians are often prompted to recommend physical therapy for young children with certain genetic disabilities or conditions like cerebral palsy to help address their difficulty with movement or performing everyday routine activities.
Physical therapy is a treatment generally given to patients with any medical condition that impedes movement. An injured person, for example, commonly undergoes therapy to facilitate recovery. The treatment may also help improve overall fitness and physical health.
Pediatric physical therapy, in particular, is geared toward enabling children to perform daily activities with the least amount of difficulty as possible. Different therapeutic exercises are used to help them strengthen and regain their bodily functions. In very young children, physical therapy enables one to achieve developmental skills, such as crawling and walking, as well as to improve coordination and balance.
Physical therapists engage patients in various balance and coordination activities, training and flexibility exercises, and even safety and prevention programs to help avoid future injuries.
Before treatment, pediatric physical therapists have to know patients’ medical history, including all medical conditions to help ensure the most appropriate therapeutic activities for them. Other related services, such as home nursing and speech and occupational therapy, may also be offered at home for the family’s convenience.