Pediatric Physical Therapy

The overall goal of physical therapy for children at South Florida Baptist Hospital is to improve each patient’s quality of function within his or her daily life; to assist the child in achieving age-appropriate gross motor development, self-help and play skills; to decrease the effect of the pathology in the functional activities, as well as correct/prevent progression of postural deviations.

Specific skills which may be addressed in physical therapy include:

  • Functional mobility: gait and pre-gait training, transfers/transition skills, adaptive equipment, wheelchair skills, etc.
  • Positioning: use of adaptive equipment for positioning, handling and transportation of the child.
  • Neuromuscular and musculoskeletal systems: muscle strength, endurance, range of motion, coordination skills, motor planning, control of muscle tone, equilibrium and balance reactions, integration of developmentally appropriate reflexes and reactions, musculoskeletal deformities and deviations, etc.
  • Physiological functions: improve cardiovascular function and fitness level, muscle strength and endurance, body mechanics and energy conservation techniques.
  • Family education: home programs and activities, positioning, parent education and support.
  • Aquatic therapy: strengthening, flexibility, balance, tone management, endurance, and functional mobility.

Physical therapy is important for infants and children with problems and diagnoses related, but not limited to:

  • Premature birth
  • Cerebral Palsy and other neurological disorders
  • Postural deviations
  • Motor development disorders
  • Orthopedic conditions (fractures, gait deviations, range of motion and strength issues)

For more information about our pediatric physical therapy programs, call (813) 707-9362 option 2.
South Florida Baptist Hospital Pediatric Outpatient Rehabilitation Center
1601 W. Timberlane Drive Suite 800
Plant City, FL 33566