Does my child need Physical Therapy (PT)?
Doctors often recommend PT for children who have been injured or have movement problems from an illness, disease, or disability. After an injury, Physical Therapists work to decrease pain and help your child return to their daily activities. Therapists teach exercises designed to help regain strength, range of motion and how to prevent future injuries. Physical therapy may be needed anytime a problem with movement limits daily activities. Doctors often recommend PT for children with difficulties resulting from:
* Sports injuries
* Developmental delays
* Genetic disorders
* Orthopedic disabilities/injuries
* Heart and lung conditions
* Head trauma
* Birth defects
* Limb deficiencies
* Muscle disease
* Cerebral Palsy
* Various other
What Physical Therapists Do:
Physical Therapists use a variety of treatments to help build strength, improve movement, and strengthen skills needed to complete daily activities.
Developmental activities, such as crawling or walking
Balance and coordination activities
Aquatic (water) therapy
Improving circulation around injuries by using heat, cold, exercise, electrical stimulation, massage, and ultrasound
Training to build strength around an injury
Flexibility exercise to increase range of motion
Instruction on how to avoid injuries
Safety and prevention programs
Information from http://kidshealth.org/parent/system/ill/phys_therapy.html
How do I get Physical Therapy Services for my child?
To obtain services through our offices please visit with your primary care physician. Have your doctor's office send their request to us via fax: 405-455-5988. You may also begin referral services through a visit to your local county health department or guidance centers. Our office staff will process the requests for you. If you have further questions, please contact our local office for more information.
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