4 Things You Should Know About Pediatric Physical Therapy

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Since 1992, October has served as National Physical Therapy Month, according to the American Physical Therapy Association. Physical therapy can make a huge difference in the lives of people of all ages, including children.

With pediatric physical therapy, kids who are injured or who have certain health conditions can reach their full potential and function better at home, in school, and in other environments. If you’re considering whether your child could benefit from working with a pediatric physical therapist, here are some basic facts you should know about this type of health care.

1. Treating injured children is different from helping adults and requires a unique approach. Pediatric physical therapy must involve a team of experts trained specifically to deal with kids’ bone and muscle structure. Additionally, therapists must demonstrate a high level of patience and compassion, since children might not understand the need for physical therapy and can have more trouble staying on task than adults would.

2. Parents and family members become part of the process. Pediatric physical therapists work not only with the child who needs treatment but also with family members. A child’s caretakers play a vital role in successfully enacting a treatment program. Therapists can support families in advancing their children’s development and physical therapy progress by offering services such as providing specific information on the patient’s needs, offering guidance on using physical therapy equipment directly, and more, according to the APTA.

3. Insurance coverage for pediatric physical therapy varies. If your child needs physical therapy, it’s important to review your health insurance policy or program to see what types of treatment it covers and what the reimbursement levels are for those services, the APTA states. Additionally, it helps to become familiar with laws that require and affect the provision of pediatric physical therapy, such as the Individuals With Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504), and the Americans With Disabilities Act.

4. Pediatric physical therapy can benefit children dealing with a wide range of conditions. Physical therapy can help kids in various circumstances. Pediatric physical therapists at Little Steps specialize (but aren’t limited to) the following:

  • Prematurity
  • Developmental delay
  • Birth defects
  • Muscle diseases
  • Genetic disorders
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Torticollis
  • Acute trauma
  • Head injury
  • Sports injury
  • Orthopedic disabilities/injury

Ultimately, a caring pediatric physical therapist can make a significant difference in a child’s life, helping them to achieve their goals and function at a higher level. At Little Steps, our pediatric physical therapists use play activities in a relaxed environment to guide children through the healing process. To learn more about our expert team and our services, contact us today by calling 847-707-6744 or emailing info@littlestepspt.com.

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19 Responses to 4 Things You Should Know About Pediatric Physical Therapy

  1. You made a great point about how children will likely react differently towards physical therapy than adults. I can see how the therapist would need to be very patient with a child who doesn’t understand the need for that kind of treatment. It is really great that there are people dedicated to helping these kids. I’m sure the people involved know ways to make the exercises and treatments seem like fun for the kids.

  2. I expected it, but I’m still glad to hear that parents get to be so involved in their children’s physical therapy. In order for treatment to be effective, it will have to be practiced at home. However, I’m scared that the things I learn in physical therapy sessions will be hard to replicate at home. In other words, how difficult are physical therapy sessions to complete?

  3. Lisa Branley says:

    Some really important points are mention here. A lot more than thanks for sharing it.

  4. Jordyn Crane says:

    I really appreciate the insight here in this post and confident it’s going to be helpful to me and many others. I’m wondering if you or anyone else has additional sources for me to read further and to be able to dig a little deeper?

  5. John Billows says:

    I had no idea that therapist have to be trained in helping children differently than helping adults. Like you point out those therapists have to be extra patient and compassionate to best help the kids. Not to mention they have to be really good at keeping the kids on task, because a kid can get easily distracted in my experience. Thanks for the great post.

  6. Derek Dewitt says:

    My cousin is looking into physical therapy for his kid but doesn’t know where to start. I like that you mention how physical therapists can assist the whole family by offering guidance and advice. I think it’s really important that the entire family knows what is going on and how to use any equipment in case of emergencies. Thanks for the read!

  7. I like how you said pediatric physical therapy can benefit children dealing with a wide range of conditions. I have been thinking of taking my son to a physical therapist. Thanks for the tips about pediatric physical therapy.

  8. Millie Hue says:

    Thanks for pointing out that this treatment is going to be appropriate for kids since the process is different. As you mentioned, the kids might not know the reason why they need to undergo the procedure. I will definitely look for this kind of therapist because I need to have my son treated. He has a sprained ankle due to falling on the stairs when he ran to follow the cat.

  9. Arya Smith says:

    I totally agree that the therapist must have a different kind of patience for children since kids do not fully understand the reason for the therapy. I will be sharing this tip with a friend of mine since they need to get their nephew to undergo sessions. This is because both of the child’s parents died of a car accident this year that is why he needs help to cope through this tough time.

  10. Braden Bills says:

    My son broke his leg snowboarding, and he’s concerned that he won’t be able to participate in sports by the time spring comes around. It makes sense that we would want to find a physical therapist! It’s good to know that there are physical therapists that specialize in helping kids.

  11. Sam Li says:

    I appreciate what you mentioned about the variance in insurance coverage. I think that seeing a physical therapist is important after an injury. If I were to need a physical therapist, I would do some research in order to find the best one.

  12. I was unaware that treating my child would require a different approach in order to let her walk again. Personally, I think I’ll hire a pediatric physical therapist for her since they specialize in sports injuries as well. Since I’ll still be a part of the process in healing, I’ll be able to assist her because they’ll provide me with information to help her recover as well.

  13. Sophia James says:

    I like that you pointed out that the therapist must be patient and compassionate since they will be the kids will not understand why they are undergoing this procedure. I hope to find one like that since it will be for my son who had an injury when he fell on the slide at the park. It was an accident, so I understand that no one is at fault. We just need him to be treated to ensure that his body is fine.

  14. SportsCare says:

    Excellent point of view Here! Thanks for the information. sounds so great and helpful. Kudos!

  15. Silas Knight says:

    It’s good to know more about physiotherapy. I love how you said that pediatric physiotherapy is different than adults because they need experts trained in kids’ bones and muscles. My son was hurt while playing football, so I’ll find a doctor who matches this.

  16. I never realized that a pediatric therapist would need to have special training, both because children’s bone and muscle structures are slightly different and because they require more patience and compassion. My daughter recently injured her leg after a bad crash on her bike, so we’re thinking of taking her to a pediatric therapy clinic. I hope we can find a good one in our area!

  17. That’s really cool to see that with this, parents and family members become part of the process. As you said, the therapist would work with the parents to ensure that the child is offered the guidance they need. If my kid had to go through something like this, I would for sure want to find an experienced pediatric therapist to help them out.

  18. SportsCare says:

    I like the helpful info you supply for your articles. Thanks for sharing a smart thought.

  19. Mehedi says:

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    wished to mention that I’ve truly enjoyed browsing your blog posts

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