These professionals have a strong understanding of the physical and anatomical limitations that result from insult of central nervous system pathology. Pediatric physical therapist (PT)  identify components of musculoskeletal system, observing movement in all three planes[flexion/extension, abduction/ adduction, rotation] biomechanical components of movement including BOS, COM, Alignment, weight shift, range of motion[ROM] throughout a function sequence. Pediatric physical therapy assists in early detection of problems to treat physical limitations in the pediatric population.  Some signs that infant may not be meeting in his/her normal motor milestones include:

  • not being able to bring his hands together by 4 months,
  • not rolling over by 6 months,
  • having head lag when pulled to a sitting position after 6 months,
  • not sitting by himself without support by 8 months,
  • not crawling by 12 months,
  • Not walking by 15 months.

Remember that mild delays in motor development can be normal, and there is a range during which these milestones are usually met, so child may not meet each one at the same time as other children. Delayed motor development, with normal language skills, can be caused by a neuromotor problems or mild cerebral palsy. Children are not just miniature adults. Throughout development from babies to teenagers, children are constantly growing and developing physically, and psychologically. Only a highly experienced clinician is sufficiently qualified to care competently and compassionately for children.

Pediatric Physical therapists are specialized in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of infants, children, and adolescents with a variety of congenital, developmental, neuromotor, musculo skeletal, or acquired disorders/diseases. Treatments focus on improving gross and fine motor skills, balance and coordination, strength and endurance as well as cognitive and sensory processing/integration.

Pediatric Physical Therapists provide treatment for children who have delayed gross motor skills and/or lack flexibility, strength or endurance. Physical therapy program is individualized to meet both the child and parent's needs. Treatments may include exercises and or therapeutic activities that are specifically geared toward improving strength, balance, coordination, and endurance. Therapy goals are established with the parents to focus on helping children improve their function, mobility, relieve pain and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities.

Treatment addresses:

  • Gross motor development
  • Postural control and movement control
  • Balance and coordination
  • Trunk control
  • Gross-motor muscle strength and range of motion
  • Ambulation, gait training and mobility.

Treatment for; 

  •  Cerebral palsy
  •  Early motor delay
  •  Developmental delay
  •  Neonatal Follow-up