WHAT IS PHYSICAL THERAPY?
Physical therapy is for the preservation, enhancement, or restoration of movement and physical function impaired or threatened by disease, injury, or disability. Physical therapy interventions include therapeutic exercise, physical modalities, assistive devices, and patient education and training.
Our Physical Therapists can help your child with the following:
DELAYED GROSS MOTOR MILESTONES
Gross motor delays is a broad term that may be used to describe a child who is not performing movements that are typically seen in children of the same age such as crawling and walking.
Our physical therapists will help children with low muscle tone (weakness) develop gross and fine motor skills by strengthening muscles and addressing other physical delays.
The term "gait" describes how we walk. A gait abnormality is when the pattern in which you walk in not typical. They may be due to a multitude of reasons such as an underlying injury, condition, or disease.
IMPAIRED MOTOR PLANNING
Motor planning is the ability to think, plan, sequence, and perform body movements effectively to complete a task. Your child may have difficulty motor planning if they seem uncoordinated or clumsy when performing various tasks.
IMPAIRED MOTOR CONTROL
Motor control describes the ability to control your muscles for a specific task. Impaired motor control would make it difficult for your child to brush their teeth or ride a bike.
Muscular endurance is what allows a child to participate in an activity for an extended period of time and is important for performance in everyday activities. If your child complains of soreness, fatigue, and has difficulty maintaining posture, they may have decreased endurance.
RANGE OF MOTION LIMITATIONS
A limited range of motion is when a joint is not able to move throughout its normal range. Our physical therapists will work with your child to achieve their optimal level of function.
Here at Pediatric Partners of NC, we will work with you and your child to develop a comprehensive and individualized treatment plan that will help your child be successful in their daily life.