Physical Therapy Department
Our pediatric physical therapists are specially trained in the motor aspects of normal development. Physical therapists can help a child to improve skills, such as strength, balance, postural control, coordination, mobility, and endurance. Physical therapists might work with an infant who is not reaching basic development milestones such as rolling, sitting, or walking. They can also work with young children who display toe walking or other difficulties with gait and mobility. They are able to address the specific needs unique to children with Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, neuromuscular diseases, Spina Bifida, genetic syndromes, Torticollis, athletic injuries, post-surgery or trauma injuries and others. Our physical therapists collaborate closely with parents, physicians, and other care providers to establish the child's personalized physical therapy goals and treatment plan.
Who Says Physical Therapy Isn't Fun?
At Washington Health System Children's Therapy Center, therapy is designed to feel like play to the child while addressing critical skill development. For instance, biking, jumping, and completing obstacle courses are exciting ways for children to build core strength and develop gross motor skills. Through play, as well as specific exercises designed for the child, the physical therapist improves strength, endurance, range of motion, and posture. Improvement in walking, running, and jumping promotes independence and self-esteem. Improving seating and positioning, adapting toys, expanding mobility options, and teaching safety on our specially adapted playground, promotes participation in activities in the home and community. Through exercise and therapeutic activities, our physical therapists help children to be more active and engaged in their daily lives.
We provide a wide range of physical therapy services including:
- Aquatic Therapy
- Gait Training-learning to walk effectively- weighted and un-weighted
- Balance Training
- Postural Stability Activities
- Stretching, Strengthening and Endurance Activities
- Joint Mobilization
- Kinesio Taping and e-stim
- Adaptive Equipment--such as wheelchairs, walkers
- Orthotic Consultations-such as braces
- Serial Casts
- Family Participation and Training
A physician must prescribe physical therapy. Our therapists always make use of the most current evidence-based research to guide their treatments. Our expertise in caring for children provides a positive and motivating environment for physical rehabilitation.