We want to let you all know a little bit about what we do as a physical therapy facility as well as an occupational therapy facility.
A lot of the clients we see in physical therapy can be as small as a few months old. Sometimes babies are born with a condition called torticollis where their necks are a little bit crooked. That’s something we can address in physical therapy. And often as those babies get a little bit older, sometimes they can get a little flat spot on the side of their head. There are many causes for that, but in physical therapy we work with positioning, and stretching, and changes to your everyday routine to help minimize those problems and fix them as quickly as we can, before they get older and their skeleton matures.
A few of the other things we do in physical therapy as the children get a little bit older:
- We help to make sure they’re meeting their gross motor milestones, such as rolling over, crawling, walking, hopping, skipping, jumping, and climbing. Feel free to talk to us if your child has a deficit in one of these areas, or if you’re at all concerned that they’re delayed in meeting these milestones, or not keeping up with their peers.
- Gait, or walking problems.
- Running problems—maybe their running pattern isn’t what you think it should look like.
- Feet turned in or out.
- Walking on tiptoes the majority of the time.
You can always talk to us if you have these kinds of concerns. These are all things that are appropriate for us to address here at our physical therapy clinic.
At our clinic we work with occupational therapists who specialize in sensory integration and sensory processing issues. I am also trained in those areas, so I can work very closely with our occupational therapy staff to address those concerns.
If you’re already seeing an occupational therapist, they may give you a physical therapy referral for help with gross motor development issues, deficits, or concerns.
We are more than happy to talk to you about any other concerns you may have regarding the development of your child. Feel free to give us a call, or if you’re already seeing our occupational therapists, feel free to speak with your therapists to see if a conversation with a physical therapist might be for you. Talk to you soon!