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The pediatric physical therapy department at Dayton Children's specializes in evaluating and treating problems related to mobility, strength, coordination, gait, balance, flexibility, pain and developmental concerns, such as sitting, crawling and walking. Therapists in our department use observation of movement and standardized tests to determine the level of function in these areas.

Our staff is committed only to pediatric care making us experts in caring for your child.  Pediatric physical therapists hold a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate degree and are licensed by the state of Ohio. Many of our physical therapists also hold certifications in specialty areas. Our pediatric physical therapists complete continuing education in pediatrics in order to stay on top of the latest treatment methods and develop the best treatment strategies for our patients.

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The physical therapy department welcomes phone calls to 937- 641-3070 during our normal business hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

A physician referral is necessary prior to the child’s first outpatient evaluation visit. All follow up appointments will be made during your clinic visit or by calling rehab scheduling at the location where you wish to be seen.

conditions we treat

congenital deformities

Congenital conditions are common in children and very treatable. From dysplasia of the hip to cerebral palsy our team of experts guide and support families every step of the way.

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cerebral palsy

Cerebral palsy (CP) is a disorder that affects muscle tone, movement, and motor skills (the ability to move in a coordinated and purposeful way). Currently, there's no cure for cerebral palsy. But a variety of resources and therapies can provide help and improve the quality of life for kids with CP.

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spina bifida

Spina bifida is a birth defect that happens when a baby's backbone (spine) does not form normally. As a result, the spinal cord and the nerves that branch out of it may be damaged. Treatment for spina bifida depends on its severity. Because spina bifida can involve many different body systems, like the nervous and skeletal systems, children may need support from a team of medical professionals.

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sprains and strains

Sprains and strains usually are caused by injuries that involve turning, twisting, or stopping suddenly, such as twisting an ankle. A bad sprain may take a month to heal, sometimes longer.

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ACL tear

Knee injuries are common among active kids, especially athletes, and a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) — a ligament that helps give the knee its stability — is one of the most common types of knee injuries.

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meniscus injury

Damage to the menisci is a very common sports injury, especially in sports where kids have sudden changes in speed or make side-to-side movements.

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torticollis

Being cramped in the womb can cause torticollis. Babies with torticollis have a hard time turning their heads because of tight neck muscles on one side of the neck. Since it's hard to turn the head, they tend to keep their heads in the same position when lying down.

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gross motor delays related to prematurity

Children born prematurely often are at are at risk for having problems in growth, speech, sensory or cognitive development.

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prepare for your physical therapy visit

Learn what you need to know before arriving for PT.

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discover physical therapy services

Learn more about programs and services we offer.

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physical therapy resources

Connect with resources and support for physical therapy related conditions.

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orthopaedic/sports physical therapy

Learn more about our PT program designed for athletes.

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