Physical therapy for pediatric injuries may include a range of techniques, including exercise, manual therapy, and modalities such as heat or ice to help reduce pain and inflammation. Physical therapists may also provide education and guidance on how to safely perform activities of daily living, avoid certain movements or positions that may be harmful to the affected area, and prevent future injuries. The goal of physical therapy for pediatric injuries is to help children recover as much function and independence as possible, and to minimize the impact of the injury on their daily lives.
Fractures are a common injury in children and may require physical therapy to help regain strength and mobility in the affected area after the bone has healed.
Sprains and Strains
Sprains and strains can occur in children during sports or other physical activities and may require physical therapy to help reduce pain and inflammation and regain strength and mobility in the affected area.
Sports injuries can range from minor cuts and bruises to more serious injuries such as concussions and broken bones, and physical therapy can help children recover and regain their strength and mobility.
Growth Plate Injuries
Growth plates are areas of developing cartilage at the ends of long bones in children and adolescents, and injuries to these areas may require physical therapy to help prevent further damage and promote healing.
Traumatic injuries, such as those sustained in car accidents or falls, can occur in children and may require physical therapy to help regain strength and mobility after the injury has healed.