Physical therapy helps children by improving and developing the
way the nerves, muscles, bones and joints work together. This helps
the child move through the environment and function in the world.
The physical therapist helps young people through postural correction,
strengthening, balance and coordination training, or by using adaptive
equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, canes, or orthotics.
As with most problems in life, the sooner they are detected and
addressed, the higher the success rate. This is especially true
for children with special needs.
The right therapist can help address a problem before it causes
deformity, a reduction in functional abilities, low self-esteem,
poor school performance, or strained peer and family relationships.