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Physical Therapy DYKs

  • Ankle foot orthosis (AFO)

    An ankle foot orthosis (AFO) is a brace that provides correction, support, or protection to the ankle or foot. Learn how to care for an AFO, including how to clean it.

  • Avascular necrosis

    Avascular necrosis is a disease that causes bone tissue to die and the bones collapse. Learn about this disease, including its symptoms and treatments.

  • Balance

    Your child may struggle with balance if they have certain diseases or received certain treatments. Learn more about how balance works and what may cause your child to lose balance.

  • Children learn through play

    Play is critical to the healthy growth and development of children. Learn more about the role of play in helping children develop problem-solving skills and motor skills.

  • Continuous passive motion (CPM)

    A continuous passive motion (CPM) device can help your child regain motion after surgery.

  • Exercise and general fitness

    If you have had cancer or another catastrophic disease, there are still many ways you can lead an active life. Learn more about exercises that may be right for you.

  • Hamstring flexibility

    Tight hamstring muscles hurt, are easily injured, and can cause difficulty with walking. Learn more about helping your child improve flexibility in his hamstring muscles.

  • Hip precautions

    Hip precautions are positions and movements that should be avoided after hip surgery. Learn what these positions and movements are.

  • How to use a cane

    Get more information about using a cane, getting fitted, walking with your cane, taking special precautions, and navigating stairs and curbs.

  • How to use a walker

    A walker can provide support and stability when walking. Learn how to use a walker.

  • How to use crutches

    Crutches can help keep your child safe while walking. Learn how to find the right fit.

  • Neuropathic pain

    Neuropathic pain is caused by nerve damage or nerve irritation. Learn how to help manage your child's neuropathic pain.

  • Physical therapy after leg surgery

    Learn more about physical therapy after leg surgery.

  • Physical therapy for below knee tumor surgery

    Physical therapy may help your child recover from below the knee tumor surgery. Learn more.

  • Rehab for posterior fossa syndrome

    Your child may develop posterior fossa syndrome after surgery on an area in the posterior fossa. Learn about how posterior fossa syndrome is managed.

  • Rehabilitation and transplant

    Rehabilitation may help your child recover from a bone marrow transplant. Learn more about rehabilitation after bone marrow transplants.

  • The Brain Crew

    Learn more about the brain. It controls everything we do. The brain is made of several parts, and each controls a different body function.

  • Use of TENS for pain relief

    TENS—transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation—is a routine part of pain management. Learn more about this device. Review operating instructions.

  • What you can do to help your child in pain

    A child with cancer or other diseases treated at St Jude will likely have pain at times. Learn more about pediatric cancer pain—its causes and treatment.