Physical therapy is a program of diagnosis and treatment that can help your child improve his ability to move and help him stretch, relax, and strengthen his muscles and joints. It may also help your child have less pain.
Your child may need physical therapy if he has:
Premature babies may have physical therapy to learn to move or gain strength. Physical therapy can also help your child learn how to move properly to prevent injury.
On your child’s first visit the physical therapist will examine your child and ask about his health history and any problems your child is having. Make sure that you let the therapist know if there are activities your child wants to be able to do. The therapist will do tests and check your range of motion and strength.
There are many different types of treatments. The treatments that are right for your child depend on his condition.