Sunday, July 19, 2015

Physical Therapy: What Parents Can Expect

Your child’s doctor might recommend therapy if he or she has suffered injuries or has a disability. There are certain types of therapy that may be suited for your child’s needs like occupational therapy, pediatric physical therapy, and speech therapy. Physical therapy (PT) is one of the most recommended therapy for children with musculoskeletal impairment. As a parent, here are some of the things you need to know to be prepared for your child’s first PT appointment

1.       The first appointment is the longest.
During the first appointment, the physical therapists will need to find out as much as possible about your child’s specific needs. This will include asking about your child’s medical history, developmental milestones, and other relevant concerns.

2.      Your child will undergo assessment and evaluation.
Once you’ve disclosed all information concerning your child’s condition, the therapist will then begin the evaluation. Your child will be instructed to do certain activities while the therapist observes to assess his or her abilities. 

3.      A unique treatment plan will be developed for your child.
The data gathered from the assessment will then be used to create a treatment plan suited to the needs of your child. You will also be asked to contribute to this aspect of your child’s care so that you may be a part of your child’s progress. 

Pediatric physical therapy requires a three-way cooperation between the child, the therapists, and the parents. Make sure that you do your part to ensure the success of the therapy.