Pediatric Physical & Occupational Therapy
Pediatric physical therapy and occupational therapy can often be confused with each another. While the two different therapies can focus on similar things, their goals are different. Physical therapy is for rehabilitation. Occupational therapy helps with accomplishing everyday activities. Your child may receive both physical therapy and occupational therapy, depending on your child’s diagnosis and needs.
What is pediatric physical therapy?
Pediatric physical therapy is a rehabilitation service provided to children who have problems with movement. Pediatric physical therapists help children from infancy to adolescence. Children can get help with:
Physical therapists work to help children gain or regain strength in their muscles and joints by focusing on:
What is pediatric occupational therapy?
Pediatric occupational therapy helps children who sensory, physical, or cognitive disabilities gain independence in their life. Pediatric occupational therapists help children who have trouble doing everyday things.
Occupational therapy helps with accomplishing activities while dealing with limitations. This includes things like:
Talk with your primary care provider about whether a pediatric occupational therapist can help your child.
Pediatric physical and occupational therapy treatments
Occupational therapy often is prescribed along with physical therapy. Many times patients who need physical therapy also need occupational therapy.
Physical and occupational therapists work to help children regain strength in their muscles and joints. They can provide information and strengthening exercises that improve gait, balance, coordination, and movement.
Therapy plans can include a variety of focuses, such as: