Physical Therapy for Children
Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Physical therapists provide services to children who have impairments, disabilities or functional limitations caused by injury or disease. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about physical therapy for children in todayís 60 Second Housecall.

Doctors often recommend physical therapy for children who have been injured or have movement problems from an illness, disease or disability.

Physical therapists are often able to relieve pain and help children resume daily activities. After an injury, physical therapists teach exercises designed to help regain strength and range of motion, and also show how to prevent a recurring injury.

Physical therapy may be needed any time a child has difficulty moving in such a way that it limits daily activities.

Doctors may recommend physical therapy for children with:

Developmental delays

Cerebral palsy

Genetic disorders

Orthopedic disabilities

Heart and lung conditions

Birth defects, such as spina bifida

Acute trauma

Head injury

Limb deficiencies

or muscle diseases

Physical therapists often use a variety of treatments to help build strength, improve movement and strengthen skills needed to complete daily activities.

Ask your doctor for recommendations of local licensed physical therapists.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Iím Dr. Edward Hill.