Pediatric Therapy Specialist

ADI Rehab

Physical Therapists located in Westwood, Los Angeles, CA

Pediatric therapy is a vital instrument in improving the quality of life for children who face physical challenges. The compassionate physical therapists at ADI Rehab in Westwood and Los Angeles, California, provide exceptional pediatric therapy services for children and their families. Call or schedule a consultation online to learn more about their individualized approach to care.

Pediatric Therapy Q & A

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What is pediatric therapy?

Pediatric therapy is a physical therapy specialization in which trained therapists work with children to help alleviate pain, improve muscle function, and gain more independence with daily activities. Pediatric physical therapists assist children of all ages, from infants to teenagers and young adults who have congenital disorders and chronic conditions.

What conditions does pediatric therapy treat?

Pediatric therapy can help improve just about any condition that inhibits movement or causes difficulty with motor skills. Some cases that respond well to pediatric physical therapy include:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Autism
  • Down syndrome
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Spina bifida
  • Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Cancer
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Coordination disorders

Children with orthopedic conditions like scoliosis, back pain, and sports injuries and those recovering from orthopedic surgeries may also benefit from working with a pediatric therapist to help alleviate pain or discomfort and regain mobility.

What treatment methods do pediatric physical therapists use?

Because pediatric physical therapists have a broad range of knowledge, they successfully treat young patients using a variety of techniques and extensive skill sets, including:

  • Manual manipulation
  • Breathing training
  • Motor skills learning
  • Developmental and recreational play therapies
  • Designing, fitting, and using prosthetics or assistive technologies
  • Adapting daily care activities to a child’s specific needs

The highly trained, caring pediatric therapists at ADI Rehab create unique treatment plans based on each child’s needs and abilities. Pediatric therapy often continues at home, too, so therapists advise family members about home safety and exercises that contribute to your child’s progress. Improving physical function often requires daily practice, so it’s important for parents and families to be involved and supportive of their child’s home therapies.

How is pediatric therapy different from adult physical therapy?

Young children may not understand why they are in therapy, so it’s part of the pediatric therapist’s role to create fun, motivational activities that help children achieve their goals. When therapy is enjoyable, children are more willing to participate and surmount challenges. Pediatric therapy is a collaborative effort between your child’s physical therapist, your child, and often your entire family.

Pediatric therapists provide support for both your child and your family. Your child’s pediatric therapist may also be able to coordinate special services your child needs at school or help with assistive technologies or prosthetics to enhance their development and progress.

 

To learn more about the pediatric therapy services at ADI Rehab, call or schedule a consultation using the convenient online tool.

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