What Does a Physical Therapist Do?
Pediatric physical therapists help your child perform physical activities and improve movement. Physical therapists use exercise, play and special equipment to help your child become more independent and safe at home, school and in the community. Your child may see a physical therapist for help in any of the following areas:
- Decreased strength to perform daily activities
- Increased tiredness while trying to do daily activities
- Decreased movement at joints
- Impaired balance or coordination
Your physical therapist will help make daily movement easier by teaching your child to use different types of equipment. Those can include wheelchairs, leg braces, back and neck braces, stockings for swelling, and prosthetics. Your physical therapist may also help your child to learn to use a walker, crutches or cane.