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Doctors often recommend physical therapy (PT) for kids and teens who have been injured or who have movement problems from an illness, disease, or disability.
After an injury, physical therapists work to decrease pain, improve movement, and help kids return to daily activities. They teach kids exercises designed to help them regain strength and range of motion, and also show kids and families how to prevent future injuries.
Physical therapy might be needed any time a problem with movement limits someone’s daily activities. So doctors often recommend PT for kids with:
Physical therapists use a variety of treatments to help build strength, improve movement, and strengthen skills needed to complete daily activities.
Physical therapists might guide kids through:
During a visit, a physical therapist may:
Entry-level physical therapists must receive a doctoral degree in physical therapy (a DPT) from an accredited college program if they graduated in 2015 or later. Physical therapists also must pass a state-administered national exam.
States also may impose their own regulations for practicing PT. You can find out more information about any other requirements for local physical therapists by contacting your state’s licensure board.
Physical therapists typically work in hospitals, private practices, fitness centers, and rehabilitation and research facilities. Ask your doctor for recommendations, contact your medical insurance provider, or check out the American Physical Therapy Association’s website to find physical therapists in your area.
Knowing what’s “normal” and what’s not in speech and language development can help you figure out if you should be concerned or if your child is right on schedule.
Autism spectrum disorder affects a child’s ability to communicate and learn. Early intervention and treatment can help kids improve skills and do their best.
Healthy knees are needed for many activities and sports and getting hurt can mean some time sitting on the sidelines.
You practiced hard and made sure you wore protective gear, but you still got hurt. Read this article to find out how to take care of sports injuries – and how to avoid getting them.
Physical therapy helps people get back to full strength and movement – and manage pain – in key parts of the body after an illness or injury.
Participation in sports can teach kids sportsmanship and discipline. But sports also carry the potential for injury. Here’s how to protect your kids.
Physical therapy uses exercises and other special treatments to help people move their bodies. Find out more in this article for kids.
Cerebral palsy is one of the most common developmental disabilities in the United States. It affects a person’s ability to move and coordinate body movements.
Cerebral palsy (CP) affects a child’s muscle tone, movement, and more. This article explains causes, diagnosis, treatment, and coping.
Occupational therapy can help improve kids’ cognitive, physical, and motor skills and enhance their self-esteem and sense of accomplishment.
Check out this article to learn what cerebral palsy is, what causes it, what life is like for kids with this condition, and more.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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