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Physical Therapy for Children

Our Chicago pediatric physical therapy team helps children maximize their physical abilities and minimize the physical limitations that accompany some developmental issues. The team uses experience and extensive training in pediatric health, including anatomy, physiology, psychology and child development to assist children in reaching their highest level of potential.

With physical therapy, kids build strength and improve motor function, balance and coordination in fun, creative ways. Majority of the work the physical therapy team does is based in play… it’s the most positive way to get children motivated and involved! That’s why you’ll see swings, ball pits, climbing walls and all kinds of toys in our clinics. They’re important for your child’s therapy and will also help us create the child-centered environments that help our clients thrive.

Pediatric Physical Therapy Treatment

Our physical therapy team is trained to treat a wide variety of pediatric diagnoses including, although not limited to:

  • Gait abnormalities:
    • In-toeing
    • Toe walking
  • Torticollis and plagiocephaly
  • Neurologic conditions:
    • Cerebral palsy
    • Muscular dystrophy
    • Spinal muscular atrophy
    • Infantile spasms
    • Spina bifida
    • Hydrocephalus
    • Traumatic brain injury
    • Spinal cord injury
  • Developmental or gross motor delay
  • Orthopedic conditions:
    • Post-fracture
    • Post-surgery
    • Sports injuries
    • Scoliosis
  • Autism
  • Hypotonia or hypertonia
  • Incoordination
  • Genetic disorders:
    • Down Syndrome
  • Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Cardiopulmonary disorders

Physical Therapy Services Include:

  • Gait training
  • Therapeutic exercise
  • Kinesiotape and therapeutic taping
  • Balance and coordination training
  • Manual therapy
  • Development and monitoring of personalized home exercise program
  • Orthotic and adaptive equipment screening and management
  • Alignment and postural training

Check out this infographic about Gross Motor Skills Milestones

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