What is physical therapy?

Physical therapy focuses on the restoration, maintenance, and promotion of optimal physical function. Physical therapists may help individuals reduce pain; maintain, restore, and improvement mobility.¹ Pediatric physical therapists help children develop the skills needed to actively participate in their home, school, and community.

Who is a physical therapist (PT)?

A physical therapist (PT) is a health professional with a doctoral degree who is qualified to evaluate and treat children with physical impairments. Physical therapists must complete an accredited occupational therapy program and a national certification examination to qualify for a license to practice. All of our physical therapists at Milestone Pediatric Therapy are licensed to practice in the State of California.

What do physical therapists focus on?

Interventions may include (but are not limited to):

  • Walking, running, jumping
  • Sitting, crawling, rolling, standing
  • Cardiopulmonary endurance
  • Climbing stairs
  • Coordination
  • Balance
  • Strengthening
  • Flexibility
  • Ligament laxity
  • Posture/positioning
  • Pain management
  • Wheelchair mobility
  • Transfers
  • Toe walking
  • Tone management

Who needs physical therapy?

Children experiencing delays or challenges in development may qualify for physical therapy. Ask your child's pediatrician if occupational therapy could help benefit your child.

Some common diagnoses that occupational therapists work with:

  • Amputations
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Cerebral Palsy (CP)
  • Developmental Delays
  • Down Syndrome
  • Genetic Conditions
  • Gross Motor Delays
  • Hypotonia/Hypertonia
  • Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Musculoskeletal injuries
  • Scoliosis
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Stroke
  • Torticollis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
¹ The american Physical therapy association. The Physical Therapist Scope of Practice. retrieved on november 20, 2017 from https://www.apta.org/ScopeOfPractice.