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orthopedic and sports medicine physical therapy

SCC ortho rehab

The orthopedic and sports medicine physical therapy department at Dayton Children's is part of the rehabilitation and therapy department and is co-located with our orthopedics and sports medicine department.

Our licensed team of highly trained pediatric specialists is ready to treat infants, kids, teens and young adults in an inpatient or outpatient setting. Our pediatric physical therapists hold a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate degree and are licensed by the state of Ohio and 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. Our therapist average at least ten years of experience of working exclusively with orthopedic and sports medicine patients.

what we do

Our orthopedic and sports physical therapists design and implement programs for the management of disorders such as:

sports injuries

  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Muscle tears

orthopedic conditions

  • Post-op ligament reconstruction ( ACL, MCL)
  • Fractures
  • Congenital anomalies
  • Scoliosis
  • Trauma
  • Idiopathic toe walking

neurological conditions

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Myelomeningocele

injury prevention
Sportsmetrics™ is the first program scientifically proven to decrease knee injuries in athletes, especially females.  Neuromuscular training not only increases muscular power and jump height but also decreases impact forces at the knee helping young athletes avoid non-contact ACL injuries and improve performance. Sportsmetrics™ is a program that focuses on the female athlete’s needs in training, but Sportsmetrics™ is not just for females!  Males will also benefit from developing overall leg strength and perfecting jumping and landing mechanics. Learn more

running clinic
The running clinic at Dayton Children’s Hospital offers a 2D running gait analysis, which utilizes software to capture your running form from a sagittal view (from the side) and a frontal view (from behind). The software captures different angles of joints throughout various points of the running gait cycle. With this software, the physical therapist can analyze biomechanics, and with the addition of a musculoskeletal evaluation, make recommendations to improve running gait. Learn more

Orthopedics and sports medicine physical therapy services include:

  • Evaluation of musculoskeletal problems/pain utilizing:
    • Electrical stimulation to assist with muscle re-education
    • Ultrasound for pain management
    • Iontophoresis for anti-inflammatory treatment
  • Biodex testing
  • Gait lab analysis
  • Sportsmetrics injury prevention
  • Strength training with kettlebells
  • Return to play bridge program
  • ACL/meniscal repair rehabilitation
  • Shoulder rehabilitation
  • Casting/bracing/splinting
  • Hand therapy
  • Orthotic/prosthesis training
  • Pain management
  • Isometric/isotonic/pylometric strengthening
  • Home exercise programs
  • Scoliosis exercise programs/ Scolio-Pilates
  • Post-operative rehabilitation
  • Running clinic

IncludeHealth equipment


Our therapy department also partners with IncludeHealth to use one-of-a-kind fitness and rehab equipment. The Access Strength™ features an electronic dial that simply rotates to select the desired weight. This innovation provides a display that’s easy to read and reach at all times. Cloud technology removes the burden of remembering exercises, machine setup, or even how much weight to use. In addition, everything your child performs during their workout is automatically captured. Available through any computer or tablet, you can review your child's workout and progress over time.


contact us request an appointment

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.