Pediatric physical therapy

Also known as: Physical therapy, pediatric
Physical therapy is a type of treatment for people whose health problems make it hard to move and do everyday tasks. It can help them move better, may relieve pain and help improve or restore physical function.

Pediatric physical therapy assists in early detection of health problems and uses a wide variety of modalities to treat disorders in the pediatric population. These therapists are specialized in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of infants, children, and adolescents with a variety of congenital, developmental, neuromuscular, skeletal, or acquired disorders/diseases.

Providence Children's Development Institute offers comprehensive pediatric physical therapy services for children from birth to 18 years. Our physical therapists customize home programs for the unique needs of each child and work with families to guide them through the program. Using a variety of approaches, such as neurodevelopmental treatment, pediatric aquatic therapy, sensorimotor and feeding therapies, we apply our specialized clinical skills to:

  • Promote optimal motor development
  • Treat orthopedic concerns, such as torticollis, scoliosis, hip pain/issues, toe walking/gait issues and muscle strains/sprains
  • Evaluate for special equipment and orthotic needs
  • Facilitate maximal independence and function

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Torticollis and Positional Plagiocephaly: The Need for Early Intervention

Once considered by some to be merely cosmetic, torticollis is now known to coincide with abnormal tone and motor delays. Early physical therapy has been shown to improve torticollis outcomes and decrease the duration of therapy, especially when therapy is started prior to 2 months of age.

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PNCC Referral Guide for Providers

This reference guide clarifies information needed by PNCC to schedule patients using a paper/fax or electronic referral process.