Children's Rehabilitation Services

Physical Therapy Services for Children

Children's Rehab Therapist helping young boy roll on a cylinder on his stomach.

Expand a section below to learn about our physical therapy services at Lifespan.

Aquatic Therapy

Aquatic therapy uses water to address issues with weight bearing sensitivity or for people who are unable to tolerate a traditional exercise program. 

Some common diagnoses seen in our pool include various orthopedic issues, such as back pain, knee pain, fractures, or pre/postoperative services; neurological conditions, such as cerebral palsy or stroke; muscular dystrophy; spinal muscular atrophy and gross motor delay/coordination disorders.

Adaptive Equipment Clinic

Assistive and adaptive equipment is used to improve function and safety for our patients in their home and community settings. The team evaluates and prescribes appropriate equipment for each child and family.

Burn Care

We have certified burn specialists on our multidisciplinary team for children recovering from burn injuries. The team evaluates each child to develop a plan of therapy for functional limitations and to minimize scarring.

Concussion Management

Our Concussion Program offers therapy for individuals with concussions or post-concussion syndrome. Our licensed physical therapists have received training in concussion management. Each patient receives individualized physical therapy evaluations and treatment plans.

Treatment of dizziness, balance, gaze stabilization, and visual intolerance, as well as treatment for neck pain are often part of initial treatment sessions.

Functional Electric Stimulation for Foot Drop

Foot drop may occur from underlying conditions including cerebral palsy, stroke or brain injury. Functional electrical stimulation (FES) can be used to treat foot drop by assisting the muscles to lift the foot. It may be recommended for home use to replace an orthotic. Our physical therapists use a variety of assessments to determine if FES would be appropriate for a child, including energy expenditure during ambulation, balance assessments, timed ambulation tasks, and clinical observations.

Infants with Torticollis

Infants with torticollis are evaluated and treated with exercises to improve neck muscle length and improve neck and trunk strength. Physical and occupational therapists also screen for associated musculoskeletal conditions and can assist with evaluating and obtaining a remolding helmet to improve head shape or flat spots as a result of positioning.

Pediatric Incontinence

Pediatric pelvic floor therapy is used to address bedwetting, daytime urinary and fecal incontinence, urgency, frequency, dysuria, recurrent afebrile UTIs, and dysfunctional elimination syndrome. Following a physical therapy assessment and completion of a bladder diary, the therapist and family will develop a treatment plan that may include a combination of behavioral modifications and biofeedback.

Serial Casting: Lower Extremity

Serial casting is non-surgical procedure to improve joint range of motion, increase muscle length and improve alignment.  

Children who can benefit from serial casting include those with decreased ankle range of motion and impaired gait due to neurological or musculoskeletal conditions such as cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, stroke, or idiopathic toe walking.

Sports Medicine

Physical therapists work in conjunction with orthopedic and sports medicine physicians and surgeons to help athletes who have sustained an injury or who are recovering from surgery. We see a variety of conditions including ligamentous injuries such as ACL ruptures, overuse injuries, strains and sprains, and shin splints. Common injury areas include shoulder, lower back, hip, knee and ankle.