Physical therapists at Valley Children’s provide evaluation and treatment services, with the overall goal of obtaining the optimal level of independence by restoring movement, mobility, function, relieving pain, and educating and collaborating with patients and their families in their care. Physical therapists work with patients who have impaired mobility and function from either temporary or permanent symptoms or delays resulting from disease, injury, prematurity, or birth defects.
- Orthopaedic and spine conditions
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Cerebral palsy and other neurological disorders
- Neuromuscular disease
- Chromosomal abnormalities
- Rheumatological conditions
- Musculoskeletal pain
- Gait abnormalities
- Infants with history of prematurity
- Conditions that require casting or splinting
- Developmental delays
- Hematological conditions
- Oncology related conditions
- Cystic fibrosis
- Auto-immune disorders
- Limb deficiencies
Physical therapy is available to inpatients in critical care (NICU and PICU), acute care and the rehabilitation unit within the Hospital. Outpatient services are provided at the Outpatient Therapy Center.
Our physical therapists work with the patient and family to create a customized program to address their unique needs. The therapy process begins with an initial evaluation to assess the child’s current level of function, strengths, and areas of concern.
- Assess gait, functional mobility, strength, range of motion, endurance, gross motor skills including balance and coordination and sensation
- Assess the need and make recommendations for orthotics and/or equipment to improve posture and mobility
- Therapy provided in our fully equipped gym and treatment rooms
- Therapeutic pool
- Lite Gait – gait and balance therapy training system
- Casting to increase range of motion
- Management of equipment to improve posture and mobility
- Patient and parent education
- 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 Pump
Valley Children’s physical therapy service offers expertise for a diverse pediatric population of varying ages and diagnoses. The success of therapy is heightened by our therapists who have specialized training in pediatrics and are committed to serving infants, children, and older adolescents.
Our Inpatient Rehabilitation Center is accredited as a pediatric specialty program by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and is the only inpatient rehabilitation center in the State with this designation.
- Rehabilitation Follow-up
- MDA/Neuromuscular Disease
- Spina Bifida