pediatric orthopedic physical therapy
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WHAT IS PEDIATRIC ORTHOPEDIC PHYSICAL THERAPY?

Pediatric Orthopedic Physical Therapy is the practice of correcting and treating functional impairments of the musculoskeletal system, extending the discipline to the developmental care of children (infants to 18 years old) by taking into account their future growth. 

 

WHAT CAN PHYSICAL THERAPY DO FOR MY CHILD?

Our Physical Therapist works with children and their families to assist them in improving mobility and return to age-appropriate activities. Addressing a variety of concerns including weakness, decreased flexibility, poor posture, difficulty walking, decreased balance, and pain with movement. The goal? To help make everything from daily activities, to high-intensity and sport-specific activities easier for kids and teens. 

 

Pediatric Orthopedic PT can also address a variety of other movement concerns after injury or surgery, and address the needs of the child to help them through their rehabilitation process. How do I know if my child may need PT?

• After an injury (from a fall, during a sporting event, etc) 

After a surgery

• If your child falls frequently, trips, or slips and seems to be off balance. 

• If your child has difficulty keeping up with their peers on the playground or at school. 

• If your child has difficulty coordinating movements appropriate for their age. 

• If your child chronically complains of pain in the same body part.

WHAT CONDITIONS CAN BE TREATED AT TRUEMOTION?

At TrueMotion Physical Therapy we treat children with primarily orthopedic (musculoskeletal) conditions. Conditions we treat include: 

• Torticollis

• Sport-related injuries (knee pain, back pain, shoulder instability) 

• Orthopedic conditions (fractures, musculoskeletal conditions) 

• Developmental Delays

• Osgood Schlatters

• Pes Planus

• Gait Abnormalities

• Balance, strength, and coordination deficits

• Postural malalignment/dysfunction 

• Surgical Rehabilitation 

• and MORE!

WHAT IS THE PHYSICAL THERAPISTS ROLE? 

The role of the PT is to evaluate and provide treatment for children, while working with their families to assist each child in reaching their maximum potential. Our Physical therapist works to make treatment sessions fun and engaging, while typically assessing: flexibility, strength, posture, gait, balance, coordination, and age-appropriate motor development. 

 

WHAT DOES A PEDIATRIC PT VISIT LOOK LIKE?

For the most part, pediatric PT sessions should look and feel like play. The Physical Therapist engages kids with fun, age-appropriate games and activities to keep them motivated and happy. Kids should have fun during their time with us, because PT can be hard work. 

 

WHAT MAKES PEDIATRIC PT DIFFERENT FROM REGULAR PT?

Children often don’t understand why they are in therapy. Play, family involvement, and one-on-one attention, are the foundation to our care of children. Fun and motivational factors are incorporated into functional activities to make therapy enjoyable for the child. 

 

WHY GO TO TRUEMOTION FOR PEDIATRIC ORTHOPEDIC PHYSICAL THERAPY?
At TrueMotion, we help children and teenagers with orthopedic conditions and injuries recover quickly, returning them to their normal daily activities and beyond. Our Physical Therapist Dr. McKenna MacKintosh is passionate about helping your child restore function from start to finish, in a fun and empowering environment; and provide both the child and the family with a robust home program to prevent any issues from repeating in the future.