Pediatric Therapy

Pediatric Physical Therapy

Highly Trained Pediatric Physical Therapists

Parents in Orange County place their trust in our Pediatric Physical Therapists.  Physical Therapy Specialists employs highly trained pediatric therapists with a combined experience of over 35 years. Our therapists provide consultations, evaluations, and direct one on one therapy to all patients. Our pediatric therapists only see pediatric patients.  They make therapy fun for the children and offer a wealth of experience and education for parents and caregivers. We work closely with physicians to optimize communication for increased efficiency and results. Our ultimate goal is to optimize mobility so our clients may safely participate in their home, community and school activities.

Pediatric Physical Therapy for kids, infants, toddlers and children.

What is Pediatric Physical Therapy

Pediatric physical therapy is the practice of evaluating and treating infants, toddlers, and children in order to improve alignment and mobility. Pediatric physical therapy encompasses some of the basic components of adult physical therapy; however, pediatric therapy has some unique applications that should only be completed by a specially trained pediatric physical therapist.  One of the primary differences lies in the fact that infants, toddlers, and children are still growing.  For example, growth plates are open and injuries in the pediatric population differ from adults.   Another major difference from conventional adult PT is that pediatric physical therapy deals with the specific developmental phases of the infant, toddler, and child.  Primary means of mobility and specific muscle groups change in infants and toddlers from month to month according to the specified age group.  Specialized training in reflexes and age-specific neurological reactions for movement facilitation is of the utmost importance for pediatric physical therapists as it is one of the primary means utilized in physical therapy for infants and toddlers who are less able to follow motor commands.  Pediatric physical therapy may utilize pediatric specified exercise, positioning, balance training, stretching, movement facilitation, transfer training, gait training, sensory integration, home program and parent education in order to work to improve functional mobility.  Pediatric physical therapy delivery utilizes age-specific play and developmentally appropriate equipment and toys in order to improve mobility.

Who Do We Treat?

Infants, toddlers, and children from age 0-18 years of age.

What do we treat?

  • Torticollis
  • Developmental Delays
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Orthopedic Disorders
  • Impaired Balance
  • Impaired Mobility
  • Muscle/Joint tightness
  • Sprain, Strains, and Fractures
  • Neurological Impairments
  • Sensory Integration/Sensory Processing deficits

My almost 4-year-old daughter Kennedy has been seeing both Krista and Kim for therapy since the clinic opened. Her disease severely limits her physical abilities, but both therapists are constantly coming up with new exercises for her. Under their care, she has thrived. Despite the degenerative nature of her disease she is actually stronger now in many areas. I would recommend Kim and Krista to anyone for their child’s physical therapy needs. – J.S (mother of a 4 y/o daughter with SMA)

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