Health Services: Physical Therapy (PT)


Physical Therapy (medically prescribed):

Any illness, injury, or condition that limits someone’s ability to move or function in everyday life. Some examples include weakness, mobility issues, gross motor delays, neurological trauma, orthopedic injuries, heart and lung conditions, and obesity.

What does this service do?

Physical therapy services are designed to improve mobility, develop or restore function, manage and alleviate pain, prevent or reduce permanent physical disabilities, and
promote overall health and wellness.

How does this service help the person with a disability or family support system?

Pediatric physical therapists work closely with children, families, and other health providers to help children reach their maximum potential to function independently and participate actively in home, school, and community environments. Physical therapists can also ease challenges faced by families and caregivers and improve quality of life.

How can a parent/caregiver gain access to this service?

Parents and caregivers can discuss concerns about their child development, mobility or functional ability with his/her pediatrician or medical specialist to determine if a physical therapy evaluation is appropriate. In most states, parents and caregivers can contact a physical therapist directly to schedule an evaluation, which will determine the need for services.

To find a pediatric physical therapist near you Click Here

Click Here to learn more about PT IEP services

Additional information about pediatric physical therapy can be found at the following websites: Move Forward PT: Click Here for their website. Pediatric APTA Organization Consumers. Click Here for more information. Pediatric APTA Organization Fact Sheets Pediatric PT. Click Here for a PT fact sheet.

Written by: Nicole Quint, Dr.OT, OTR/L and Melissa Tovin, PT, PhD, PCS