Pediatric Physical Therapy

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Physical Therapy

Better Movement, Better Function

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Nemours experts in pediatric physical therapy work with kids and teens to maximize their strength, gross motor skills, coordination, balance and endurance. Our physical therapists work to decrease pain and help children manage daily activities, as well improve their movement, strength and range of motion. We also teach kids and families how to minimize the chance of future injuries.

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Conditions We Treat

Conditions We Treat

Kids may need physical therapy (PT) services any time a problem with movement limits their daily activities. Doctors often recommend physical therapy for children and teens with an injury or movement problems from an illness, disease or disability.

We see a full spectrum of conditions — far too many to list here. The conditions we treat vary depending upon the location and providers selected. Don’t see a condition listed? Call us.

Services We Offer

Services We Offer

We offer comprehensive pediatric physical therapy services, which may vary depending upon the condition and location:

  • activities of daily living (ADL) training (to help with basics like eating and bathing)
  • activities to build endurance
  • activities to enhance coordination and balance
  • adaptive/assistive device training (to help with the use of any device that makes it easier for a child to perform a function)
  • aquatic therapy (in-pool exercise, where available, to improve muscle strength and endurance)
  • concussion management
  • gait training (to improve how a child walks)
  • hand therapy (to help children with hand deformities, conditions or injuries)
  • increasing overall fitness, range of motion and flexibility 
  • Interactive Metronome® (a computer tool to help with things like motor planning, sensory processing and attention)
  • learning to use a prosthetic (an artificial extension that replaces a missing body part, such as an arm or leg)
  • muscle strengthening
  • pain management
  • postural training (exercises and techniques to help improve posture)
  • sports medicine therapy
Why Choose Us

Why Choose Us

At Nemours, your child benefits from a team approach to care that may include board-certified pediatric surgeons, physicians and physical therapists — all specifically trained in kid-friendly care. We also consult with the rest of your care team, including occupational therapists (OTs), orthopedists, neurologists, assistive device experts and even school personnel to make sure we’re creating a plan that meets your child’s functional needs in every setting.

Regional Pediatric Physical Therapy Highlights

Services, programs and care teams differ at each location. Call for details.

We offer comprehensive physical therapy at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children (Wilmington, Del.) and select Nemours duPont Pediatrics satellite locations.

We offer comprehensive physical therapy at Nemours Children’s Hospital (Orlando).

  • unique treatment settings, like our outdoor Discovery Garden that integrates therapy with healing, nature and sensory exploration
  • one of only four multispecialty pediatric inpatient rehabilitation programs in all of Florida — and the only one in Central Florida
  • only pediatric rehabilitation program in the state of Florida located in a freestanding children’s hospital  
  • Activities of Daily Living (ADL) apartment to practice skills such as dressing, eating, personal hygiene/grooming, and using equipment to transfer from wheelchair to bed or tub bench 
  • advanced pediatric medical imaging services available on-site
  • integration with world-class programs (brain and spinal cord injuries, diseases of the nervous system, cerebral palsy, spina bifida and muscular dystrophy)
  • latest technologies in assistive devices, customized bracing, prosthetics and orthotics on-site
  • Ronald McDonald House on campus, for an affordable home away from home during long hospital stays
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Nemours now offers scheduled specialist appointments through live video chat. Ask your doctor if this is an option for your family.

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