A guide on pediatric physical therapy

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  • 1. A Guide On Pediatric Physical Therapy
  • 2. Patients of all ages can participate in physical therapy.There are a number of different forms of physical therapyavailable today. The type of physical therapy patientsreceive will depend on the nature of the injury, type oftherapeutic technique required, and the age of patients.Conditions that may require physical therapy include:brain injury, heart attack, stroke, arthritis and otherproblems relating to the joints, back injury, mobilityissues, and injuries pertaining to a specific area of thebody such as muscle and tissue injuries. All of thesehealth conditions can be successfully treated throughphysical therapy by speeding up healing, alleviatesymptoms, improve mobility, and help patients managetheir conditions more effectively. When it comes to theage of the patient, there is not a general physical therapyprogram designed for all ages. One such physical therapyspecialty is Pediatric Physical Therapy.
  • 3. Provided by various health organizations such as clinicsand hospitals, pediatric physical therapy is provided tochildren to treat developmental delays, non-congenitaldisorders, and congenital disorders, Pediatric physicaltherapy practices are useful in identifying children’s healthproblems in the earlier stages. Pediatric physical therapistsare trained and certified in the diagnosis, treatment, andmanagement of children and infants who have skeletal,developments, congenital, and neuromuscular diseases.Pediatric physical therapists provide treatment that isdesigned to improve balance and coordination, strengthand endurance, and motor skills. In addition, the physicaltherapy focuses on improving children’s sensory andcognitive levels.
  • 4. Licensed pediatric physical therapists working in pediatrichealth centers are experienced in providing the best andmost effective therapy for children and infants. Forinstance, they design specific treatment plans that helpchildren with achieving specific developmental goals suchas sitting, crawling, standing, and walking. How long achild participates in a physical therapy program willdepend on the nature of the child’s particular healthcondition. A child who has a developmental delay problemsuch as being slow to learn to walk may need only shortterm physical therapy treatment while a child with a moreintensive condition such as spina bifida may require alonger treatment plan. When a child has such a conditionas spina bifida, a specific physical therapy plan will beimplemented that can include using physical medicaldevices. A pediatric physical therapy program is essentialto treating various types of children’s physical impairmentsand diseases.
  • 5. Pediatric physical therapists offer a number of differenttreatment services in such areas as: making and providingsplints and casts, early intervention, sensory integration,neuro development, functional mobility, myofascialrelease, pain management, urinary incontinencetreatment, hippotherapy, and electrical stimulation. Apediatric physical therapist also treats children recoveringfrom bone fractures, physical injuries, fractures and otherillnesses and conditions. They play an important role inhelping to improve children’s lives which is why it is such arewarding job.
  • 6. With so many different physical therapy jobs available,pediatric physical therapy jobs are in demand and they arevery popular due to high job satisfaction among thesetherapists. Pediatric physical therapy focuses on the wellbeing of children and improving their daily lives such asimproving their functions and alleviating pain. Throughproper treatment techniques, physical exercises, andmedication, pediatric physical therapists help childrenimprove or regain their physical capabilities. Thetherapeutic treatment plan is often coordinated with otherhealth professionals and the best treatment plan iscreated, and each stage of the treatment process ismonitored and evaluated.
  • 7. There are different areas a physical therapist canspecialize and different areas require different credentialsand education. Pediatric physical therapy is one area thatis very rewarding and requires not just the appropriatecredentials, but also patience, professionalism, and adedication to helping children.
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