Doctors often recommend physical therapy (PT) for kids and teens who have been
injured or who have movement problems from an illness, disease, or disability.
After an injury, physical therapists work to decrease pain, improve movement, and
help kids return to daily activities. They teach kids exercises designed to help them
regain strength and range of motion, and also show kids and families how to prevent
Physical therapy might be needed any time a problem with movement limits someone's
daily activities. So doctors often recommend PT for kids with:
Physical therapists typically work in hospitals, private practices, fitness centers,
and rehabilitation and research facilities. Ask your doctor for recommendations, contact
your medical insurance provider, or check out the American Physical Therapy Association's
website to find physical therapists in your area.