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Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy provides services for children with developmental delays, decreased mobility, gait deviations, incoordination, strength and/or range of motion deficits, musculoskeletal pain, and open wounds/burns. Additional services include casting to increase range of motion and management of equipment to improve posture and mobility. All of our physical therapists are licensed through the Physical Therapy Board of California.

Physical Therapy is part of the Children’s Hospital Central California Rehabilitation Center. The Inpatient Rehabilitation Center is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) for Comprehensive Integrated Inpatient Rehabilitation and Pediatric Family Center Rehabilitation. It is the only unit in an independent pediatric hospital in California with CARF accreditation.

Services Offered and Conditions Treated

  • Developmental delays
  • Decreased mobility
  • Gait deviations
  • Incoordination
  • Strength and/or range of motion deficits
  • Musculoskeletal pain
  • Neurological disorders and impairments
  • Neuromuscular diseases
  • Auto-immune disorders
  • Orthopedic injuries
  • Musculoskeletal pain
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Torticollis
  • Chromosomal Abnormalities
  • Limb Deficiencies
  • Therapy
    • Treatment gym
    • Therapeutic pool
    • Lite Gait – gait and balance therapy training system
  • Fabrication or recommendations for orthotics
    • Work with Rehab Engineering Department or durable medical equipment (DME) provider to provide each child with a wheelchair seating system customized to their individual needs
  • Casting to increase range of motion
  • Management of equipment to improve posture and mobility
  • Spasticity Management – our physical therapists work collaboratively with the pediatric physiatrists and neurologists in providing functional information to aid in their assessment of the child’s potential for improvement with pharmaceutical intervention including:
    • Botox Injections
    • Intrathecal Baclofen Pumps
  • Patient and parent education

Diagnostic Services

  • Evaluation
    • Evaluate and assess gait, functional mobility, gross motor skills including balance and coordination and sensation
    • Strength, range of motion and endurance
    • Assess the need for orthotics and/or equipment to improve posture and mobility


  • Inpatient
    • Traumatic Brain Injury
    • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Outpatient
    • Orthopaedic
    • Neurology
    • Developmental Delay

Multidisciplinary Services