Pediatric Physical Therapy

Pediatric physical therapists are uniquely trained to identify movement disorders and delays.  They specialize in evaluating the high risk infant or one that is suspected of having a neurological disorder.  They also treat children as they develop into childhood and adolescence.  Treatment includes exercises that improve strength, balance, coordination, and endurance. Goals of therapy focus on helping infants achieve their expected developmental milestones and helping children improve their function and mobility.  Therapy also helps to relieve pain and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities. Therapists teach children to use assistive and adaptive devices, such as crutches, walkers and wheelchairs. They also evaluate and make recommendations for orthotics.  Parent education and involvement is important in helping children achieve expected goals. 

Referrals for physical therapy are typically generated through your pediatrician.  If you have concerns regarding your child's development it is suggested that you discuss these with your pediatrician and recieve a prescription for a physical therapy evaluation. 

How to Identify if your child could benefit from a Physical Therapy Evaluation:
  • Prematurity
  • Difficulty soothing
  • Does not like tummy time
  • Not meeting expected developmental skills
  • Floppy Child
  • Poor Endurance      
  • Asymmetry of movement or alignment
  • Poor posture      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aquatic Physical Therapy

We offer Aquatic Therapy in our private indoor pool.  This therapeutic pool is kept at 94 degrees to provide an ideal medium for relaxation of tone and strengthening for children. This environment is also ideal for children who have arthritis or who cannot weightbear fully due to recent injury or surgery.  It is equipped with jets to offer resistive walking and exercise.  TOTS has a handicap accessible shower and a bench to assist in changing children after the pool.  Please download our Aquatic Therapy policies under our FORMS LINK.  

 

 

Paddle Boarding Aquatic Physical Therapy at Lake Lanier

 

      

Dr. Steve Doran and Dr. Alyssa Walz started paddleboarding aquatic theapy at Van Pugh Park at Lake Lanier.  Paddleboarding challenges balance, improves coordination, increases strength and improves coordination skills.  The season is from May through September.  This is a great opportunity for the children to try a new sport, enjoy the great outdoors and have a change of scenery from therapy at the clinic.  

PT Techniques
Include:
  • KenesioTape Techniques
  • Myofascial Release
  • Neurodevelopmental Therapy Techniques (NDT)
  • Neuro-Muscular electrical Stimulation (NMES)
  • TheraSuit Therapy
  • Partial Weight Bearing Treadmill Training utilizing the Walkable Harness System
  • Theratog Application

 

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