Physical Therapy

Pediatric physical therapists help promote independence with mobility and gross motor skills by working closely with both the children and parents to help improve carryover of skills into the home, community, and school environments.

We evaluate and treat children with a variety of commonly seen pediatric diagnoses, such as:

• Atypical running or gait pattern
• Autism
• Cerebral Palsy
• Developmental Coordination Disorder
• Developmental Delays
• Down Syndrome
• Genetic Disorders
• Health and Wellness
• Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
• Low or High Muscle Tone
• Muscular Dystrophy
• Musculoskeletal Pain and Disorders
• Neuromuscular Disorders
• Orthopedic Conditions
• Pain and Chronic Pain Conditions
• Pre- or Post-Surgical conditions
• Scoliosis
• pina Bifida
• Sports Injuries
• Sports physicals
• Toe Walking
• Torticollis and Plagiocephaly

Pediatric physical therapists provide individualized skilled interventions in a play-based fashion for children birth to 18 years of age. Interventions can include, but are not limited to:

• Strengthening
• Flexibility
• Endurance
• Balance
• Coordination
• Postural Control
• Motor Planning
• Body Awareness
• Gait Training
• Patient / Caregiver Education

At Pediatric Achievements, physical therapists work closely with and collaborate with other disciplines and healthcare professionals to make sure your child receives the most comprehensive care!

Idiopathic Toe Walking

The term “idiopathic” means there is no known cause. We often get referrals for children who walk on their toes, and often the underlying cause is unknown at the time of referral. 

We use an internal protocol to evaluate children with idiopathic toe walking, and this includes a functional vision assessment, full physical therapy evaluation, and a sensory processing assessment. Long-term toe walking can lead to problems with a child’s posture, and both shortened and tight leg muscles. Functionally, this can lead to problems in sports and gross motor skills. 

We like to perform various assessments to at least rule out any possible causes, and if we feel an outside referral is necessary, such as to a developmental optometrist or orthotist, we will discuss this with the family and help them in the process.