(HealthDay News) -- Physical therapy is an effective way to strengthen and improve muscles, tendons and ligaments that have been impaired, injured, or surgically repaired.
The Children's Hospital of Cincinnati suggests the following pediatric problems that may be corrected or improved by physical therapy:
- Underdeveloped motor skills and coordination, including crawling, walking, writing, holding objects or eating.
- Conditions that affect the body's tissues, such as juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.
- Neuromuscular diseases including cerebral palsy, spina bifida, and muscular dystrophy.
- Underdeveloped mobility, strength, endurance, and range of motion of limbs.
- Recovery from injuries including fractures, breaks, sprains, and burns.
- Learning disabilities or delayed learning, including reading and writing.