At UnityPoint Health - Meriter, children participate in physical therapy for:
- Developmental concerns
- Congenital conditions
- Acute injuries or symptoms
Our therapy and treatment services are designed to meet the families' needs. Therapy often incorporates play, games, art and music during exercise and learning activities.
Family participation is highly encouraged at every step of the evaluation and treatment process. Families are directly involved in setting goals, working with the child in therapy sessions, and continuing therapy at home.
Physical therapists provide skilled services to children with a variety of diagnoses including:
- Down syndrome
- Brachial plexus injury
- Developmental delays
- Joint pain
- Coordination problems
- Poor balance
- Bladder and bowel dysfunction
- Gait disturbance
- Genetic disorders
Learning to sit, crawl, walk, jump, and ride a bike are all more difficult for children with physical and neurological limitations.
Depending on the child's needs, the physical therapist may address his or her balance, strength, flexibility, coordination, mobility and body awareness. Treatment is individualized and incorporates age-appropriate and fun activities to help children overcome limitations and achieve his or her full potential.