Pediatric Physical Therapy
Children are not little adults. Their bodies are different and their needs are different.
Progressive Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation has a great reputation for treating young children, teenagers, student athletes, and young adults. With our vast experience we know how to properly evaluate and treat pediatric injuries. We also are mindful of the importance parents play in the recovery process. Therefore, we spend whatever time is necessary to educate both the patient and the parent to maximize the benefits of all treatment protocols and instructions.
Muscle sprains and strains are quite common in this age group. However, this joint pain is often misdiagnosed when in reality it is growing pains. Pain in this age group generally occurs in the front of the thigh, in the calves, or behind the knees, and on both sides of the body. The good news is this condition generally resolves on its own by late childhood.
When evaluating these patients we take into account age, strength and activity level. Generally reducing activity can help alleviate the pain. If needed, a supervised strengthening program can be designed if deficiencies are detected.
It is estimated that approximately 25% to 40% of children ages 8-12 experience growing pains. It often can occur in the late afternoon or early evening especially after strenuous activity. Sometimes, children will awake in the night with severe leg pain that often can be addressed with light massage
Teenagers and puberty
This age group has special needs as they are still growing and their hormones are raging. Often this can lead to a weakness and instability problem. Adolescents who participate in organized sports are particularly susceptible to accidents and overuse injuries since their bones, muscles and tendons are still developing. Many are dual sport athletes and play high-impact sports; rarely taking time to rest their bodies. While we marvel at their energy and athleticism, it is important to monitor them as all this activity can put a strain on their growing bodies.
This group can be challenging, but also one of the most fun to work with. Body mechanic education plays a big role with this group as we develop individualized programs that address their specific needs and sports. For those that are serious about pursing their sport or continuing as a serious recreational athlete this is a wonderful opportunity to learn life-long lessons that will benefit them for years to come.
Concussions can be very scary, especially with children and teenagers. If a child sustains a blow to the head and loses or does not lose consciousness, has trouble focusing, loss of words and slow speech and/or vomiting, seek medical attention right away. It is also important for parents to know that concussions can also occur without a strike to the head. If a child’s head is pushed into the ground, it can result in a concussion.
The therapists in our Costa Mesa office have received extensive training dealing with vestibular and balance issues. We are uniquely qualified to address the needs of your child and help them get cleared to return to sport.