The Pediatric physical therapists at F.I.T. Muscle & Joint Clinic are highly trained in understanding your child’s growth and developmental stages therefore equipping them with the ability to not only recognize any delays, but also provide assistance in improving function. Research has shown that a “wait and see” approach is no longer an effective method when it comes to growth and development and that children often benefit from intervention, including physical therapy, sooner rather than later.
Pediatric Physical Therapy in Kansas City
Pediatric Physical Therapy
Physical therapy looks a little different when interacting directly with children, however, the end goal is always the same, to maximize function and improve overall health. Pediatric physical therapy in Kansas City combines purposeful play with several other treatment methods to assist children in developing the independence, confidence, and functional movement they need to participate in all aspects of life. Participating in physical therapy can’t always be only fun and games, but the more it can be disguised as an activity they prefer, the more likely the child is to continue to work and progress.
Children participate in physical therapy for a variety of reasons including general development, wellness screens, return to sport, or for more involved reasons due to neurological or genetic conditions. Kids are often highly adaptable and do not necessarily view their inability as a disability and will develop compensations to achieve their goal. Physical therapy meets them at their level and uses their current ability to assist them in developing more functional movement patterns so that they can have increased success throughout life and decreased risk of future complications and pain.
What it Treats
Pediatric Physical Therapy in Kansas City involves working with children ages birth to 18 years old with the following concerns:
- Genetic conditions
Delays in development
Coordination and motor planning
Sports and non-sports related injuries
Wellness screens and parent education
Assistive device/equipment use and management
How Pediatric Physical Therapy Works
Pediatric physical therapy focuses on assisting your child in developing appropriate gross motor skills in order to improve overall function and ability.
Participating in therapy can be challenging for a lot of children, but combined with our hands on manual techniques and use of Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization, our doctor’s create a playful environment designed to address a wide variety of deficits in strength, endurance, balance and stability, general development, coordination, and motor planning that may be limiting your child. Your child may only work with the therapist a few times per week, whereas you are providing care to them during all other times. That being said, combined with the exercises conducted during a session which are meant to further progress and challenge your child’s abilities, the doctor will work with you to create a home exercise program. Have no fear though, we know that life is busy, and our goal is to incorporate these exercises into the everyday routine to further enhance your child’s functional mobility, instead of adding another obligation to the list.
Pediatric Physical Therapy at F.I.T.
Our physical therapists carry the mentality that parents or caretakers should be involved in every aspect of their child’s care and will work directly with them. When working with our families, we aim to develop a well rounded support system in order to more effectively guide, improve, and restore your child’s function and mobility to the best it can be during every encounter.
At F.I.T your child will receive individualized care with a treatment plan designed specifically to their needs. Pediatric physical therapy encompasses a vast variety of abilities and needs, and it is our goal to partner with you and your child to help you navigate the functional obstacles in life. The doctor will continuously be observing your child’s movement and abilities and altering the treatment plan as necessary. Although it can be daunting, pediatric therapy often involves participation in therapy over a more extended period of time, but our goal is to assist your child in reaching their highest level of function as quickly and safely as possible.
Is Pediatric Physical Therapy right for you?
Take a couple of minutes to tell us about your symptoms and pain areas. Prefer to chat over the phone? Call us for a free phone consultation.
Visit your local F.I.T. Clinic
Meet the team at any of our 6 locations: Blue Valley, Crossroads, Olathe, Lee’s Summit, Shawnee, & Overland Park.