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Pediatric Physical Therapy

FYZICAL Natick offers comprehensive Pediatric Physical Therapy as well as:

Our Pediatric FYZICAL Therapists provide skilled evaluation and treatment for children of all ages to help them achieve independent and functional mobility skills. The evaluation consists of a parent interview, standardized testing, informal assessment, and play-based interaction to determine the child’s current gross motor abilities.  Treatment sessions are individualized and focused on improving balance, postural strength, and motor skills. Home exercise programs are also provided to promote carryover of skills.

We Specialize In Treating:

  • Neurological & Movement Disorders: conditions that arise in the brain from either brain injury, medication, autoimmune disease, infection, or genetic disease which causes a child to move too much or too little. They often result in a repetitive extra movement or sound, involve a shaking tremor, stiffened posture of the muscles, or difficulties with balance and coordination.  Common conditions include:
    • Ataxia
    • Dystonia
    • Myoclonus
    • Restless Leg Syndrome
    • Tourette Syndrome and Tics
    • Tremor

  • Pediatric Developmental Disorders/Disabilities (PDD): consist of a group of conditions due to an impairment in physical, learning, language, or behavior areas. About one in six children in the U.S. have one or more developmental disabilities or other developmental delays. Common conditions include:
    • Autism Spectrum Disorder
    • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
    • Cerebral Palsy
    • Developmental Delays
    • Genetic conditions (Down Syndrome, Fragile X, Williams Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders)
    • Hearing loss
    • Intellectual Disabilities
    • Language and Speech Disorders
    • Learning disorders
    • Muscular Dystrophy
    • Tourette Syndrome
    • Vision impairments

  • Orthopedic & Musculoskeletal Conditions: consist of problems with children's bones, muscles, and joints.  Common conditions include:
    • Back Pain
    • Congenital Limb Differences/Limb Length Inequality
    • Foot Deformities (club foot)
    • Fracture and Trauma
    • Generalized impaired strength, motor control, flexibility, endurance, joint motion, and posture
    • Hip Dysplasia
    • In-toeing
    • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
    • Ligament Injuries (ACL, MCL, etc)
    • Meniscus Tears
    • Osgood-Schlatter Disease
    • Out-Toeing
    • Scoliosis & Spine Disorders
    • Shoulder Instability
    • Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis (SCFE)
    • Sports-Related Injuries
    • Stress Fractures
    • Tendonitis
    • Torticollis
    • Special interests also include: wheelchair/seating and mobility

  • Neuromuscular Disorders: conditions that affect the nervous system, which includes the brain, spinal cord, and nerves.  Common conditions include:
    • Cerebral Palsy
    • Chiari Malformations
    • Congenital anomalies of the brain and spinal cord
    • Craniofacial anomalies
    • Hydrocephalus
    • Muscular Dystrophy
    • Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI)
    • Spina Bifida/Myelomeningocele
    • Spinal Cord Injury and Paralysis
    • Tumors of the brain and spinal cord
    • Special interests also include concussion, headache/migraine, metabolic diseases affecting the nervous system, and brain malformations.

  • Coordination and Balance/Vestibular Disorders: all kids, especially toddlers, will stumble and fall. But your child may have a balance or vestibular problem if you notice a regular pattern of issues like dizziness, blurred vision, clumsiness, and frequent falls. Common neurological (nervous system), auditory (hearing), and vestibular (balance) conditions include:
    • Benign Paroxysmal Vertigo of Childhood/BPV
    • Central Vestibular Disorders
    • Labyrinthitis
    • Ménièr's Disease
    • Neuritis/Vestibular Neuronitis
    • Ototoxicity
    • Peripheral Vestibular Disorders
    • Systemic Disorders
    • Vascular Disorders