The Role of Pediatric Physical Therapy

Parents have multiple options to help with the recovery of their children with specific medical conditions, such as illnesses or injuries. One option would be pediatric physical therapy.

In this treatment approach, the physical therapist works toward decreasing pain and helping the child gradually return to his daily activities. Treatment typically involves exercises that are designed to help the child regain range of motion and strength.

Doctors commonly recommend physical therapy for the following:


  • Sports injuries
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Orthopedic injuries or disabilities
  • Lung and heart conditions
  • Acute trauma
  • Genetic disorders
  • Developmental delays
  • Muscle disease
  • Limb deficiencies
  • Head injury
  • Birth defects


Aside from prescribing certain exercises, therapists also teach the child and his family how to avoid injuries in the future. Therapists, for instance, also encourage children to move about and to avoid being sedentary despite the abundance of gadgets at home. Children should also try to participate in more physical activities so they can further develop coordination and balance—skills that could lessen their susceptibility to disease and injury.

If you think your child needs pediatric physical therapy in Houston, contact a facility near your area that can offer home and outpatient services. The earlier you get your child to physical therapy, the better his chances of recovery.


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