Physical Therapy

Connecticut Children’s highly skilled physical therapists provide comprehensive evaluation, consultation and diagnostic services to children (birth to age 18) who are affected by acute or chronic illnesses and disabilities, such as cerebral palsy, myelomenigocele, muscle disease, autism spectrum disorders, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, torticollis, plagiocephaly, and orthopaedic/sports medicine injuries.

Physical Therapy (PT) focuses on improving a child’s functional abilities in several areas, including:

  • Functional Mobility
  • Gross Motor Skills
  • Pain Management
  • Return to Previous Level of Activity

Our clinical expertise emphasizes recovery, health, and fitness while enhancing performance and maximizing children’s ability to function within their daily environment. Connecticut Children’s provides personal care in close collaboration with families, referring health care providers, and community resources.

Specialized Physical Therapy Services

Inpatient Physical Therapy Services

Available to children who may be staying at Connecticut Children’s for a period of time. Our PT experts help children affected by brain or spinal cord injuries and other complex medical conditions regain the necessary functional skills to re-enter their home, school, and community.

Outpatient Physical Therapy Services

  • Adaptive Equipment Evaluations
  • Aquatic Therapy
  • Biofeedback
  • Gait Analysis and Training
  • Gross Motor Evaluation and Training
  • Manual
  • Neuro-developmental Treatment
  • Physical Agent Modalities
  • Power Mobility Evaluation and Training
  • Sports Medicine
  • Therapeutic Taping and Garments
  • Weight Management

Sports Physical Therapy services

Our sports physical therapists have extensive experience in rehabilitating all conditions whether caused by wear and tear, by an unrelated health event, or by a serious athletic injury. In collaboration with Connecticut Children’s sports medicine specialists and patients’ physicians, sports physical therapists work to develop personalized treatment plans to help athletes return to the playing field as quickly and safely as possible.

Our state of the art facility is a motivating environment that allows close interaction between athletes and physical therapists. In addition to treatment, we provide ongoing education to athletes, families, coaches, and physicians. We encourage active patient and family participation during the rehab process. To treat a variety of conditions our sports physical therapists are specially trained in several sophisticated rehabilitation techniques such as Graston Technique®, prolotherapy, post concussion rehab, return to sport testing, and stretching.