Physical Therapy Treatments For Kids And Adults

 

Do you have a child with a developmental delay or physical disability?

 

Are you finding your physical strength or balance deteriorating as you get older?

 

Have you noticed your child’s motor skills aren’t progressing as quickly as expected?

If so, these are just some of the conditions for which physical therapy can help.

Physical therapy is a discipline of healthcare focused on movement and the dysfunctions we can face associated with it. In order to practice, a physical therapist must complete a doctor of physical therapy degree, and pass a licensing exam.

What Does A Physical Therapist Do?

If you’ve never seen a physical therapist before, you may wonder what to expect. You might even be a little nervous. That’s okay – it’s almost to be expected. Let’s help you get a better idea of what a physical therapy appointment might look like.

For many people, their only exposure to physical therapy is to help recover from an injury. This is true, but it’s just one of the many reasons why people come to see us here at Triumph Therapeutics.

If it’s your first time, your physical therapist will start with a thorough examination of your current state. They will take the time to listen to your concerns and ask questions about your condition. It’s important to be open and honest here.

From there, your physical therapist will get you up and moving. They’ll measure your strength, posture, flexibility, balance, coordination, muscle function, and more. Based on this, your physical therapist may provide you with a diagnosis.

From there, your physical therapist will make recommendations for treatment. These treatment options may include the use of hot/cold therapy, hydrotherapy, dry needling, laser, electrical stimulation, stretches, and other exercises.

The number of treatments you’ll need depends on your condition. Your physical therapist will let you know how long your treatments will take.

Physical Therapy For Kids

Your doctor may recommend your child see a physical therapist for a wide range of different health concerns. The goal of physical therapy for kids is to help them enjoy the daily physical activities other kids take for granted.

Children need their physical abilities to explore the world around them. They learn about how the world around them through play. This is how they come to understand things like gravity, friction, balance, and how to develop the skills they will eventually need to live independent lives.

You might think of a newborn baby as not being able to do much other than cry and soil their diaper, but they actually begin to develop their motor skills as soon as they’re born. Every child is different, but there are certain general milestones most children are expected to reach.

If your child takes a couple of extra weeks, that’s not generally cause for alarm. But if your child displays any of the following warning signs, contact us at Triumph Therapeutics for an assessment.

At 3 Months Old

  • Difficulty lifting their head
  • Little or no movement in limbs
  • Hands are always fisted
  • Constantly pushing back with their head

At 6 Months Old

  • Unable to sit up
  • Unable to lift head
  • Sits hunched over with curved back
  • Doesn’t reach out to grab objects, or has trouble doing so
  • Lies down with arched back and stiff legs
  • Holds arms back and has stiff legs when you help them walk

At 9 Months Old

  • Only uses one arm or hand
  • Doesn’t crawl, or has difficulty doing so
  • Moves using only on side of their body
  • Can’t support their weight with their legs, even with assistance

At 12 Months Old

  • Has trouble standing
  • Doesn’t use legs to pull themselves up to stand
  • Sits with their weight to one side
  • Arms are always flexed, stiff, or extended
  • Has trouble sitting without hand support

At 15 Months Old

  • Cannot walk on their own
  • Walks on tiptoes
  • Constantly falling

Keep in mind that all children are a little awkward when they first learn a new skill. It’s completely expected for your child to fall a few times when they’re learning to walk. But if it’s happening more often, or if you’re feeling concerned, book an appointment with us here at Triumph Therapeutics.

Otherwise, physical therapy for kids can help treat a variety of different health conditions, including but not limited to:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Spina bifida
  • Torticolis
  • Myofascial disorders
  • Muscle disorders
  • Congenital conditions
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Scoliosis
  • Orthopedic conditions
  • Issues with limbs
  • Heart conditions
  • Lung conditions
  • Fetal alcohol syndrome
  • Neurological disorders
  • Acquired brain injury
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Sensory processing disorder

The goal of physical therapy for kids is to help your child with their flexibility, strength, balance, and ability to perform daily tasks. Depending on your child’s health concerns, we may suggest occupational therapy treatment or speech therapy treatment.

It can be frightening and overwhelming to have a child with a disability or who isn’t progressing as expected, but there is hope. Through physical therapy, many children with disabilities are able to lead full, fulfilling, productive lives.

Here at Triumph Therapeutics, we know the joy of helping children and their families achieve greater happiness under challenging circumstances. Book your appointment with Triumph Therapeutics today, and let’s take the first step toward getting your child moving happily and healthily.

Physical Therapy For Adults

There is some overlap between physical therapy treatments for children and physical therapy treatments for adults. For example, both adults and children can have the conditions listed above. However, there are other conditions for which adults tend to see a physical therapist more often.

These include:

  • Workplace injuries
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Stroke
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Balance issues
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Arthritis
  • Recovery from surgery

The goal of physical therapy for adults is to be able to overcome their limitations in movement as much as possible. With certain conditions, full recovery is not always possible, but physical therapy can help you get the most out of your body.

For many, it’s just accepted that your body deteriorates as you age. That may be true, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still live a happy, healthy, fulfilling life.

Whether you’re dealing with a chronic condition, recovering from surgery or injury, or just doing your best to stave off the ravages of time, we can help. Book your appointment with Triumph Therapeutics today, and let’s get you moving once more.

The Triumph Therapeutics Difference

There are plenty of physical therapy clinics in DC, each of which provides an excellent level of service. So why should you choose Triumph Therapeutics?

Our focus is on creating a family-oriented environment that’s relaxing, stress-free, and possibly even fun. If you’re bringing your child in for treatment, it helps to know they’re in safe, capable hands. And if you’re raising a child with developmental disabilities, it can add a lot of stress to your life.

That’s why we’ve created a space where, while your child gets the treatment they need, you get to kick back and relax. Enjoy a coffee and let your stress melt away while you sink into one of our comfortable chairs, secure in the knowledge that your child will return to you in an hour on the way to improving their skills.

We also direct bill your insurance, easing the stress of having to fill out the paperwork for your claims.

Book Your Appointment With Triumph Therapeutics

As a former cheerleader for the Baltimore Ravens, clinic founder Lu Majekodunmi knows the importance of cheering your team on to victory, whether that’s your sports team or your patients.

Here at Triumph Therapeutics, we work hard to cheer on our patients, helping them grow into the strongest, healthiest, happiest versions of themselves. Book an appointment today at Triumph Therapeutics, and let’s get you moving, grooving, and feeling great in your body.

If you or your child is struggling with mobility issues, it doesn’t have to stay that way. Book your appointment at Triumph Therapeutics today.