Pediatric physical therapists (PTs) work with children and their families to assist each child in reaching their maximum potential to function independently and to promote active participation in home, school, and community environments. Physical therapists have expertise in movement, motor development, and body function (eg, strength and endurance). They apply clinical reasoning during examination, evaluation, diagnosis, and intervention for children, youth, and young adults. As primary health care providers, PTs also promote health and wellness as they implement a wide variety of supports in collaboration with families, communities, and other medical, educational, developmental, and rehabilitation specialists.*
*From the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy Fact Sheet
PTs can help kids with many physical challenges, including:
- Delays in development, such as walking without falling.
- Movement and mobility
- Not reaching developmentalmilestones for their age in motor and strength.
- Recovery from sports- and non-sports-related injuries.
- Posture, positioning, and lifting objects.
- Geneticdisorders, such as Down syndrome.
- Muscle weakness or imbalances.
- Nerve/muscle conditions, such as Cerebral Palsy.
- Cardiopulmonary endurance.
- Orthotics and prosthetics.