Maybe your child was injured playing sports and tore a ligament or had a fracture. Now, after all the surgery and pain, they’re discouraged. To your child, getting back to normal strength and mobility may feel about as likely as winning the world championship in weightlifting.
Or maybe your child was born with a medical condition—like muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, developmental delay, or hip dysplasia—that makes completing everyday tasks difficult. You want to help, but you aren’t sure how.
That’s where physical therapy comes in. Here at OIC, our goal is to build strength and increase mobility and function while reducing pain. Here’s what physical therapy at OIC is all about.
What Conditions Do Physical Therapists Treat at OIC?
At OIC, we specialize in physical therapy for children, teens, and hemophilia patients at every stage of growth. We work with children with a range of conditions and needs, including:
- Orthopaedic injuries: fractures, sprains, strains, muscle and ligament tears, joint bleeds, etc.
- Musculoskeletal and neurological conditions: spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, post-cancer rehab, cerebral palsy, developmental delay, dysplasias, clubfoot, etc.
- Post-surgery rehabilitation and recovery
- Health conditions that impact bone joints, mobility, and function
What Exactly Do Physical Therapists Do?
As the physician knows, physical therapy is a powerful treatment for musculoskeletal or neurological conditions, like spina bifida. Physical therapy is often a critical step to being able to say you’re fully recovered. And, contrary to popular belief, it involves much more than just building up your child’s muscle strength.
At OIC, our physical therapy team’s goal is to create a recovery plan for your child. In order to do this, we work with you, your child, and your physician to:
- Determine the impact of an illness or injury on your child’s ability to move and function in daily life, and in sports
- Devise a rehabilitation plan tailored to help your child regain function, including range of motion and coordination
- Provide you and your child with the tools needed to implement the rehabilitation program
- Work with you and your child to reach their goals and prevent symptoms or injuries from worsening or recurring
What Does It Take to Be Successful in Pediatric Physical Therapy?
Whether your child is healing from an injury or managing a chronic illness, keep this in mind: Success in physical therapy can pave the way for success in many other aspects of life—like boosting confidence and independence.
At OIC, our goal is to teach your child how to recover and prevent injuries from causing any issues in the future. Success requires hard work and collaboration among our physical therapists, you, and your child.
Here are a few things to keep in mind as we work toward that goal together:
1. Education is a huge part of pediatric physical therapy.
Education is empowerment. OIC’s physical therapists would love to equip you and your child with the right information to meet your rehabilitation goals.
This means making sure you and your child understand the inner workings of the injury or illness and what is needed to overcome it, not just in the short term, but in the long run.
2. Success in physical therapy requires hard work.
Physical therapy isn’t easy—but that’s actually a good thing. Your child will need to push and work hard to succeed. The physical therapist will help your child find that “sweet spot.”
Healing is an ongoing process, so physical therapy always involves homework. The at-home exercises are just as important to your child’s recovery as the work done in-person at OIC.
3. Physical therapy is about more than just healing the body.
Physical therapy has a mental component, as well. It can convert an “I can’t” mindset into “let’s do this.”
4. Ask questions. Please. We like it.
It’s our job to make sure you and your child are informed. If you and your child have any questions at any stage in the physical therapy journey, please, ask us.