Signs That Your Child May Need Physical Therapy
How Do I Know If My Child Needs Physical Therapy? A Child May Benefit From Physical Therapy If The Following Conditions Apply:
1. The child complains of pain or difficulty when performing gross motor tasks.
2. They walk up on the balls of their feet (tip toe walk) or walk in an atypical/awkward manner.
3. The child is unable or has difficulty performing the same gross motor tasks as children their age such as rolling, sitting, crawling, or walking in the younger population; and jumping, running, or skipping in the older population.
4. The child falls and trips often when walking.
5. As an infant, they have a strong preference for turning or tilting their head to one side, also known as torticollis.
6. The child has a hemiplegic pattern, neglecting or having difficulty using one side of their body while consistently using their dominant preferred side.
7. Expected developmental milestones are not met during the child’s first year of life. This can include, rolling, sitting, crawling, or standing independently.
8. They have difficulty keeping up with their peers during play.
9. The child was injured or underwent a surgical procedure and is now unable to perform at his/her prior level of function.
Pediatric physical therapy helps children become successfully independent by being able to perform gross motor skills, such as sitting independently, crawling, walking, running, jumping, and ascending/descending stairs. Physical therapy also promotes functional mobility skills, such as wheelchair mobility, sit-to-stands, and transfers. Physical therapy can help prevent injuries from occurring by addressing any muscle weakness, muscle imbalance, or range of motion deficits. Our physical therapists are skilled at returning a child to his/her prior level of function after sustaining an injury. Many treatments are used including: neuro-developmental treatment, therapeutic exercises with an individualized home exercise program, balance and coordination activities, adaptive play activities, mobility training, safety and prevention programs, and activities to promote overall wellness. A physical therapist works with children who have a variety of diagnoses or impairments including hyper/hypotonia, gross motor delays, poor coordination skills, poor balance, decreased muscle strength/flexibility, or rehabilitation following an injury/surgical procedure.
A physical therapist works with children who have a variety of diagnoses or impairments including hyper/hypotonia, gross motor delays, poor coordination skills, poor balance, decreased muscle strength/flexibility, or rehabilitation following an injury/surgical procedure.
Have your child screened by a professional at one of our therapy centers in San Diego or Chula Vista, California. Check out our screening schedule here.