If your child is diagnosed with certain medical conditions, your Houston pediatrician may recommend pediatric physical therapy. This type of physical therapy is typically customized to your child’s stage of physical development as well as his or her condition and prognosis. There are many situations in which your child’s doctor may recommend pediatric physical therapy, including acute and chronic health concerns.
Congenital torticollis is usually diagnosed within two months of your child’s birth, and starting physical therapy as soon as possible may help to resolve feeding issues such as frequent spit-up or reflux.
A child whose shoulders get stuck may incur a brachial plexus injury, which causes damage to the nerves going between the baby’s spine, shoulder, arm and hand on one side of the body. Physical therapy may help restore normal movement and may prevent the child from developing strength imbalances.
Developmental delays may involve sensory, coordination and strength disorders. With early and regular physical therapy, your child may be able to reach physical and developmental goals set by you and your pediatrician. Your child may also benefit from related pediatric services, including occupational therapy, speech therapy and nursing.