Physical therapy is often recommended for children or teens who are recovering from a serious injury or who have problems with movement due to an ongoing medical condition or disability. Following an illness or injury, therapists work closely with the kids to improve movement, decrease pain, and in many cases, allow them to return to their normal activities.
The typical regimen for physical therapy patients is a wide range of exercises designed to help the kids regain their strength and flexibility, and to help reduce their chances of becoming injured in the future. Parents can choose to have their kids receive therapy at a clinic, or they may choose mobile physical therapy, which can be performed at home.
There are a wide range of conditions that may require physical therapy, some of the most common include:
- Sports Injuries
- Head/Brain Injuries
- Orthopedic Injuries or Disabilities
- Birth Defects
- Developmental Disorders
- Genetic Disorders
- Muscular Disorders
- Cerebral Palsy
- Heart and Lung Conditions
How Mobile Physical Therapy Advances Recovery Times
During physical therapy sessions, the therapist assesses the strength and flexibility of the child, their ability to walk or run, and other potential issues that may inhibit recovery. Each session, the therapist typically adds additional exercises as the child progresses.
This is one of the reasons it is critical that the child keeps all his/her appointments. One missed session sets them back exponentially, because they miss out on not only the time with the therapist, but also the new exercises that are needed to keep rebuilding muscles and tissue and keep them on the road to recovery.
In recent years, many parents are choosing mobile physical therapy, largely because of the convenience it provides. It can be difficult to get children and teens ready and drive them to their appointments. Sometimes, they put up a fuss and come up with reasons why they are not feeling up to going. Some of these reasons may even be legitimate, but the end result is the same; the appointment is missed and the recovery time is lengthened.
Mobile physical therapy eliminates the excuses. The child or teen does not need to go anywhere; all they need to do is be ready for the therapist to arrive. In-home therapy is less stressful for parents as well. They no longer need to get their kids ready and drive them to the clinic; they can stay at home, save time and money on the commute, and use their time in other more productive ways.
There are some other benefits of mobile physical therapy for children as well. These include:
Flexible Scheduling: The therapist comes to the home at a time that is most convenient for you. This means you no longer need to schedule around whatever times are available at the clinic.
Personalized Care: At a clinic, there are usually multiple patients in different rooms, with the therapist moving back and forth between patients. With mobile therapy, the entire time the therapist is in your home is devoted to your child alone.
Ability to Assess Home Environment: With mobile physical therapy, the therapist is able to look over and assess the home environment. This allows them to recommend various changes and enhancements (if needed) to ensure greater safety, and the ability to perform the exercises more effectively.