Physical therapy at Kids at Koke Mill focuses on motor skills and activities related to movement. Kids who are disabled or delayed by illness, accident, birth defect or complications may need physical therapy because they have abnormal muscle tone, impaired balance, decreased functional movement, weakness or poor coordination.
We specialize in working with children from birth to 18 years of age. Therapy in pediatrics usually is structured play activities to accomplish specific goals. We use toys such as therapy balls, swings and riding toys to increase strength and endurance, improve balance and coordination, improve the appearance of patterns of posture or movement, and increase function.
At the first appointment, the physical therapist does an evaluation, and develops interventions to achieve the best outcomes possible. Depending on the child’s age and level of disability, therapy may be a few sessions or continue on for many months. The treatment plan includes a program for the patient/family/caregiver to carry out at home.
Physical therapists can help children learn how to move independently or with assistive devices including walkers, wheelchairs or crutches. Our goal is to help each child reach his or her fullest potential to participate in play and self-care activities at school, home and in the community. We use a variety of specialized treatment methods in order to maximize patient function including:
- Myofascial release
- Neurodevelopmental treatment (NDT)
- Pediatric massage
- Neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES)
We provide consultation regarding:
- Adaptive equipment
- Muscular Dystrophy Clinic