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Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy

Our physical therapists work to improve general strength, balance, mobility and coordination using a variety of treatment strategies and equipment as needed. It is our goal for the child to access his/her daily environment (community, home, school) as independently and safely as possible.  Children with a deficit in strength, balance or mobility are at risk for further general delay as they continue to grow. At ICAN we work/collaborate as a team to develop an individualized treatment plan catered to the needs of both the child and the family.

 

Physical therapy benefits include:

  • General strengthening
  • Improve ‘gait pattern’ and lower extremity alignment during mobility for increased efficiency and pain prevention
  • Provide support and education for orthotic and equipment management as needed
  • Meet gross motor milestones
  • Develop home exercise program for improved carryover
  • Provide education to family and other providers to promote strengthening and gross motor development throughout the child’s typical day

Red Flags

  • Lack of head control by 4 months
  • Not sitting independently by 9 months
  • Not pulling to stand by 12 months
  • Not walking independently by 15 months
  • Increased falls/tripping

 

Diagnoses that may benefit from physical therapy include but are not limited to:

  • Autism
  • Brain Injury- acquired or congenital
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Developmental Delay
  • Down Syndrome
  • Genetic Syndromes
  • Hypotonia or Hypertonia
  • Premature birth
  • Spina Bifida
  • Torticollis