Physical therapy is a field of science concerned with the ability and quality of motor skills or large motor activities related to movement. The patient referred to physical therapy may be disabled or delayed by illness, accident, birth defect or complications. This may result in the patient having abnormal muscle tone, impaired balance, decreased functional movement, weakness, or poor coordination. A physical therapist's role includes examination, evaluation and interventions toward achieving the highest functional outcomes for each patient/client. The patient may attend therapy for one to two sessions or continue on for many months depending on their age and level of disability. A treatment plan is developed which includes a program for the patient/family/caregiver to carry out at home.
Physical Therapy at Kids at Koke Mill
We specialize in working with children from birth to 18 years of age. Because children learn through play, therapy in pediatrics usually takes the form of structured play activities to accomplish specific goals. Treatment utilizes 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.
Physical therapists focus on movement dysfunctions and 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