What is physical therapy?

Physical therapy (PT) helps children with physical, sensory, and cognitive difficulties to meet their developmental milestones, perform gross motor activities such as walking and running with greater independence, and move safely and efficiently throughout their environment.

Here at CTS our physical therapists evaluate, treat, and consult in the following areas:

  • Gross motor development
  • Muscle tone and strength
  • Posture/postural control
  • Motor planning
  • Balance
  • Coordination
  • Pre-gait and gait training
  • Neuromuscular function
  • Endurance
  • Environmental adaptations
  • Orthotics
  • Adaptive equipment

When should a child see a physical therapist?

A physical therapist helps children who have:

  • Difficulty with age-appropriate gross motor skills such as rolling, sitting, standing, crawling, walking, running, and jumping
  • Gait disturbances such as toe walking or scissoring, or who need to walk with an assistive device
  • Postural impairments
  • Difficulty managing environmental barriers, such as curbs, stairs, ramps, and playground equipment
  • Difficulty with activities requiring coordination and balance, such as tricycle or bicycle riding, or who are “clumsy”
  • Poor endurance
  • Pain

If you have questions or concerns, please call CTS at 630-444-0077 to speak to a therapist or to speak to a client support specialist.