Physical Therapy

At the Phoenix Center for Pediatrics, our pediatric physical therapists can help with a wide range of health-related conditions. Physical therapy is a core service at The Phoenix Center for Pediatrics, providing comprehensive and advanced therapy techniques for pediatric patient intervention as the result of:

  • Pain management

  • Acute injury

  • Trauma

  • Surgery

  • Neuromuscular problems

  • Neuro-developmental therapy

A physical therapist will perform a comprehensive assessment in addition to specific physical tests and measurements to establish a child’s treatment plan consistent with the child's and the family’s goals. We provide individualized, research-based therapy to each child and his or her family as a core practice of our staff. There is a primary focus on the overall well-being and health of the child as well as the supporting family or care team. Our physical therapists have advanced training in pediatric kinesiology and specialize in orthopedic treatment strategies to accommodate each child uniquely.

Diversity of treatment modalities is readily available for the team of therapists to access. These treatments may include:

  • Functional activity - Replicates and rehabilitates the musculoskeletal demand of everyday life such as squatting, lifting, bending, reaching, pushing and pulling, pivoting, stepping, jumping, and crawling. For young patients, developing the physical ability to adapt to these everyday physical requirements is critical.

  • Tolerance testing/training - This allows patients to realize the adaptability of their pain. Children can learn to accommodate their injury or limitation and develop skills to live comfortably.

  • Therapeutic Modalities - Are used to improve movement and function, reduce swelling, relieve pain and accelerate healing. Everything from cold and heat therapy, stimulation therapy, laser treatments, sonic treatments, and many more modalities of care.

  • Joint mobilization and manipulation - This is a traditional therapy used to reduce pain and stiffness in the body's joint system. This can be in the extremities or the spine.

  • Progressive mobility, transfers, and gait training - This is for young patients experiencing challenges with walking or running, distributing load between extremities, limitations in mobility and range as well as postural intervention.

  • Therapeutic exercises and activities - Ranging from resistance training, stabilization and static training, plyometric and jump therapy, joint range, mobility, flexibility, and strength training.

  • Personalized exercise programs - designed to improve strength, range of motion, and function. Assessing each pediatric patient, taking their condition, age, and ability into consideration as curated programs are designed for lasting results.

  • Play and occupational training - Children with musculoskeletal limitations often have difficulty playing with simple toys or games. As the child gets older and dependent on the ailment or injury, moving play therapy into occupational therapy is critical as the young patient learns to adapt to life with adaptations.

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