Mercy Pediatric Physical Therapy is staffed by experienced therapists who are passionate about providing children with the highest quality of care. They are committed to a life-long journey of learning through continuing education, always striving to find the best therapy practice and treatment options available.

Equipped with state-of-the-art therapeutic equipment, the department offers a spacious gym, treatment rooms, and a therapeutic pool. The atmosphere is fun and child-inviting. Therapists seek to optimize the functional independence of all children.

Pediatric Physical Therapy for Children from Birth to Age 18

Therapy services are provided to children from birth to 18 years of age. Therapists treat children with a variety of orthopedic and neurological conditions including, but not limited to, cerebral palsy, torticollis, plagiocephaly, developmental delay, Down Syndrome, Spina bifida, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, autism, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, seizure disorders, genetic disorders and prematurity

Physical therapists work within a team of medical providers including pediatricians, neurologists, orthopedists, physiatrists, occupational therapists and speech therapists. The team collaborates with early intervention and school specialists and makes referrals to community agencies.

Initial Evaluation for Pediatric Physical Therapy

Pediatric Phyiscal Therapy

At the initial evaluation, the therapists will become acquainted with the child and family. Background information will be obtained, and a physical assessment of the child’s range of motion, muscle tone, strength, posture, balance and gross motor level of functioning will be completed. After evaluation, the therapist will establish individualized goals and a treatment plan.

Personalized Physical Therapy Treatment Options

Individualized treatment recommendations are made for each child based on the evaluation findings. A treatment schedule including frequency and duration will be established. Therapists will use a variety of treatment techniques to meet the child’s goals. Mercy Medical Center’s pediatric therapists have specialized training in a variety of techniques including:

Physical therapists are also specially trained to make recommendations for adaptive equipment and home modifications. Parent involvement and home programs are an integral part of successful therapy intervention and are strongly encouraged.

How To Schedule Pediatric Physical Therapy

To schedule an appointment for a pediatric physical therapy evaluation, a prescription from your child’s physician will be needed. The physician can fax a prescription to the department for your convenience.

Parents should contact their insurance company to see if Mercy Medical Center is listed as an in-network provider. If not, Mercy Your Choice offers access to Mercy services at in-network benefit levels. To learn more click here.

Mercy Medical Center is a provider of services for children with Caresource and BCMH.

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