The main goal of pediatric physical therapy is to minimize disability and help children get back to the activities they do best- play, attend school, and participate in community activities. Growing up is hard work, and kids face many challenges throughout this difficult process. Up until the age of 15 years old all children's bodies go through tremendous change and growth. This growth is not always uniform within every system of the body. For example, when your child grows 3-4 inches over summer their skeletal system may be growing much faster than the accompanying nerves and muscles. This is compounded to an even greater extent for kids who face additional challenges due to accident, illness, or genetics. Quite often, children have difficulty adjusting as their bodies change, and yet they perform high-level sports movements, both in school and recreationally, that require muscle strength, agility, coordination, and explosive movement. This can lead kids to become frustrated and even discourage them from joining or continuing sports programs and other athletic pursuits. Our therapists understand this and are prepared to help your child through their growth.
The children facing the obstacles of genetics, illness, or accident in addition to the challenges of a rapidly growing body may face frustrations far beyond athletics. Tasks many others take for granted can feel out of reach; our individualized therapy programs promote independence, increased participation, motor development and function, improvement to strength and endurance, and easing challenges associated with daily care. Child Athletes put their bodies through much greater stressors than other children their age. Kids may lose their competitive edge due to missed or improperly healed injuries, and even worse, they may carry these injuries with them for the rest of their lives. Our therapists know how to diagnose sports injuries and guide them through proper healing. We even partner with a high school here in Bayonne to assist their student-athletes in healing injuries that are a bit too extensive for the trainer.