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Physical Therapist can help with:

  • Range of Motion – how far a joint can bend or straighten

  • Strength – strength against gravity

  • Balance – ability to maintain balance (tilting and righting responses) and to keep oneself from falling (protective responses)

  • Reflexes – automatic responses seen particularly in infants (palmar grasp, positive support, asymmetrical tonic neck reflex [ATNR] and labyrinthine)

  • Posture – alignment of the body in various positions

  • Tone – natural resistance in a muscle (increased tone is stiffness and decreased tone is floppiness)


Specific Diagnosis that PTs treat include but not limited to:

  • Torticollis 

  • Cerebral Palsy

  • Muscular Dystrophy

  • Down Syndrome

  • Autism Spectrum disorder

  • Rare genetic conditions

  • Bracial Plexius injury

  • Brain injury

  • How Do I Know If My Child Needs Physical Therapy?

  • They are not meeting the expected developmental milestones during the first year of life (ie. rolling, sitting, standing, walking).


  • They have a strong preference for turning their head to one side or using one side of their body.


  • They walk up on the balls of their feet or walk in an atypical/awkward manner.


  • They have difficulty keeping up with their peers during play.

  • They are not able to perform the same gross motor tasks (ie. hopping, jumping, skipping) as their peers.


  • They frequently trip and fall when walking.

  • They complain of pain when performing gross motor tasks.

  • They were injured and are not able to perform at their prior level of function.

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