Pediatric physical therapy

Our physical therapists are just for geriatric patients or victims of musculoskeletal injuries or sportsmen? The answer to this query is a NO. Physical Therapists are not only for geriatrics or for victims of musculoskeletal injuries they are also for little angels in our houses. The physical therapists that assist children are called pediatric physical therapists. 

Role of a pediatric physical therapist.

The role of a pediatric physical therapist is to improve the lives of children that suffer from congenital and non-congenital ailments associated with the musculoskeletal system.

They evaluate the motor function, strength, and range of motion and help to achieve a stable posture, balance, and coordination, and motor skill development as well

What conditions a pediatric physical therapist can cope with?

A Pediatric physical therapist can help children with a variety of diseases such as

  • Developmental anomalies
  • Delay in development and movement
  • Down syndrome
  • Muscle weakness
  • Muscular dystrophy 
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Autism
  • Spina Bifida
  • Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Cardiac diseases 
  • Pulmonary disorders
  •  Cystic Fibrosis

and several other disorders 

Why a pediatric physical therapist?

A pediatric physical therapist is especially for children because the requirements of children are different from adults. They need to be treated with more care and affection as well. In addition to that, children don’t understand the meaning of therapy as well. A pediatric physical therapist can help children achieve their goals through a playful environment and activities that children enjoy. They are specialized just for children’s therapy.

The main goal of a pediatric physical therapist is

  • Promote child mental and physical development
  • Improve strength and stability
  • Enhancing learning ability of children
  • Increase the ability to take part in physical activities.
  • Reduce and manage pains because of any type of musculoskeletal injury
  • Making challenges easy with daily caregiving

Role of the pediatric physical therapist in delayed development

It is a condition in which your child is not achieving specific motor milestones at a specific age and their physical growth is stunted. A pediatric physical therapist helps to achieve maximum motor function and physical activity which a child must perform at that age. In addition to delayed development several other diseases of children at treated by pediatric physical therapy such as

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Torticollis
  • Sports-related injuries
  • Down syndrome
  • Leukemia
  • Developmental coordination disorder
  • Muscular dystrophy in children


Children are more sensitive and additional prone to musculoskeletal disorders. A pediatric physical therapist help to treat the ailments in children in a way that they enjoy the activity and feel stable during their physical therapy treatments. Almost all physical therapists arrange fun games for children which helps them to achieve their physical therapy goals as well as they enjoy the process