Physical therapy at any age can be challenging, but it seems to be particularly tough for kids and adolescence. That’s why at West Coast Spine, we take the extra time to ensure our pediatric physical therapy patients are engaged in their recovery. Our therapists work with youth of all ages, from newborns to age 18 and ensure the best quality of care. By creating a fun, beneficial exercise environment where a child can rehab their injury, we are able to better engage the child and improve the overall participation level. We focus on teaching exercises that they can do at home so that they can get back in the game as quickly and safely as possible. Additionally we also focus on helping our patients understand how an injury happened and ways to prevent future injuries from happening.
When working with our pediatric and adolescent patients, we place a great deal of focus on the specific goals of each child – whether it is to get back to a sport such as gymnastics, basketball, or soccer, to regain participation in school activities, or simply carry their backpack pain-free to school. Our therapists at West Coast Spine create customized plans and unique at-home exercises that allow our patients to safely return to their past activity level. Our goal is to help children leave better than when they came in and teach them ways to prevent future issues and maintain proper fitness.
Who Can We Help?
Our physical and occupational therapists make it a priority to understand the crucial developmental milestones that a child experiences. Combining this knowledge with the real-world experiences from our pediatric therapists gives our team a unique perspective when planning your pediatric physical or occupational therapy. We treat many pediatric conditions at West Coast Spine including:
- Autisitc Spectrum DisordersCerebral Palsy
- Developmental/Cognitive Delay
- Pediatric Fractures
- Sever’s Disease
- Patella Tendonitis
- Patella Femoral Pain
- Swimmer’s Shoulders
- Thrower’s Arm
What to Expect at Your Fist Pediatric Physical Therapy Visit?
On the first visit, your child will meet with a licensed physical or occupational therapist. The therapist will briefly ask about the child’s general health, past surgeries, assistive devices as well as home and school concerns to gain the necessary knowledge to set up a unique plan of care. Our therapist ensure to get input from both the child and the parents/guardians to ensure everyone’s concerns are addressed in the overall plan. Your West Coast Spine therapist will then conduct an initial evaluation to identify any postural faults and musculoskeletal imbalances, including tests for muscle length and strength, joint mobility, and soft tissue conditions. With this information, your therapists will create a custom plan and set of exercises to address all concerns and then the real work begins. Our goal is to be able to provide a comprehensive, team-oriented approach to address the child’s needs and help them succeed at home, school, and in the community.