Youth 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. We accept patients beginning at 10 years of age.  Please feel free to call us if your child is a bit younger to discuss your particiular needs.

Pre-pubescent children 

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.

Where Does it Hurt? We Can Help!

Low Back/Lumbar

If you have low back pain, you are not alone. At any given time, about 25% of people in the United States report having low back pain within the past three months. In most cases, low back pain is mild and disappears on its own.

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The neck is less protected than the rest of the spine and can be vulnerable to injury and disorders that produce pain and restrict motion often affecting everyday activities. For many, it is a temporary condition disappearing with time.

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The thoracic spine encompasses the upper- and middle-back region and extends down about five inches past the bottom of the shoulder blades. Although it is solidly constructed and relatively stable, it can also be a source of pain.

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The shoulder is not a very stable type of joint and tends to be easily injured. Pain can arise from problems with instability or impingement of the soft tissue or bony structure. Injuries can occur while performing manual labor, playing sports, or very often by repetitive movements.

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Hip and Groin

The hip is a ball and socket joint designed to withstand repeated motion, but can become damanged due to overuse or injury. A groin strain is an overstretch or tearing injury to the muscles of the inner thigh or front of the hip

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Knee pain can restrict movement, affect muscle control in the sore leg, and reduce the strength and endurance of the muscles that support the knee. The most common disease affecting the knee is osteoarthritis.

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The feet and ankles work together to provide support and mobility to the body. With proper detection, intervention, and care, most foot and ankle problems can be lessened or prevented. Calf injuries usually occur as a result of a sudden pushing off movement or from excessive over-stretching.

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Pain in the hand, wrist, elbow or fingers is generally caused by repetitive motions, overuse, or an underlying condition like arthritis or tendonitis. It is a very common complaint. Injuries can also occur during accidents or activities.

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Many children and adults suffer from chronic jaw and facial pain. Jaw pain can happen all of a sudden, or it can start off mild and become more intense over time. Identifying the underlying issue is the first step in treating this condition.

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