The Role and Benefits of Pediatric Orthopedic Physical Therapy

by / Thursday, 07 September 2017 / Published in Articles, Physical Therapy

The Role and Benefits of Pediatric Orthopedic Physical Therapy

When it comes to the health and wellness of a child, it’s important to understand how different their body is from that of an adult. When they suffer from an orthopedic problem or injury due to their favorite sport, their bones, muscles, and joints require special care. That’s why it’s important to take into account a youngster’s future growth and overall development as part of their medical treatment plan.

At Wright Physical Therapy, we specialize in helping your child achieve their full potential through pediatric orthopedic physical therapy while making treatment sessions fun. Our ultimate purpose is to inspire you and your child to create a life of joy through highly skilled treatment, innovative solutions, uplifting environments, and service.

Pediatric Orthopedic Physical Therapy

Orthopedic physical therapy is the study and practice of correcting functional impairments of the musculoskeletal system. This includes the body’s bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles, and nerves. Physical therapists who specialize in this discipline provide services that help to restore function, improve mobility, and relieve pain while promoting overall health and fitness.

Pediatric orthopedic physical therapy extends this discipline to the developmental care of children by taking into account their future growth. Since a child’s bones, muscles, and joints require special care, damage can occur if they are not diagnosed or treated properly. That’s why physical therapists who specialize in this field are trained to recognize, identify and treat a large variety of orthopedic problems and injuries. By design, pediatric orthopedic physical therapy works to help children recover as quickly as possible in order for them to return to their normal daily activities.

The Benefits of Pediatric Orthopedic Physical Therapy:

  • Recover from an injury
  • Develop coordination
  • Build strength
  • Improve balance
  • Maintain flexibility
  • Optimize physical functioning levels
  • Maximize independence

Conditions & Treatments

A child’s job is to play and be active. That’s why pediatric orthopedic treatments are designed to meet the specific needs of a child in order to help them return to their normal activity level. By restoring function while increasing mobility, pediatric orthopedic physical therapy helps a child reach their maximum potential in order to function independently.

Conditions commonly treated:

  • Sports Injuries
  • Loss of Balance/Strength/Endurance
  • Knee Injuries (ACL)
  • Little League Elbow
  • Postoperative
  • Postural Dysfunction
  • Scoliosis
  • Shin Splints
  • Sprains/Strains
  • Repetitive Stress Injuries
  • Thrower’s Shoulder
  • Back Pain
  • Broken bones
  • Concussions
  • Shoulder Pain

Treatments commonly involved:

  • Post Operative Rehabilitation
  • Balance/Core Conditioning
  • Individualized Instruction
  • Family Education/Training
  • Manual Physical Therapy
  • Neuromuscular Education
  • Orthopedic & Sports Rehabilitation
  • Postural Education & Conditioning
  • Specific Home Exercises
  • Soft Tissue Mobilization
  • Therapeutic Exercise
  • Pain Relief/Management

Evaluating Your Child

Children have special needs when it comes to recovering from an injury or overcoming an orthopedic problem. Pediatric orthopedic physical therapy can help reduce the amount of doctor visits they may need while lowering the risk of re-injury down the road. Once your child receives a comprehensive evaluation by an experienced orthopedic physical therapist, they can begin a progressive physical therapy program designed specifically for their needs.

Wright Physical Therapy

At Wright Physical Therapy, we help children and teenagers with orthopedic problems and injuries recover quickly, returning them to their normal daily activities. Our passionate doctors of physical therapy will help your child work through their orthopedic condition from start to finish, and provide them with a robust home program to prevent any issues from repeating in the future.

If your child is complaining of muscle or joint pain, is recovering from surgery or is unable to play or participate in their normal daily activities, our expert team of physical therapists can help.  All of our qualified therapists work hard to assess a child’s current functioning level to create an individualized plan to help them achieve optimal results by getting to the root of their pain.

If you would like more information visit our website or contact one of our clinics listed below to get in touch with a skilled physical therapist.


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