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June 19, 2023

Signs Your Toddler May Benefit from Physical Therapy

As a parent, it is important to be aware of the signs that your toddler may need physical therapy.

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Jen Wirt

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As a parent, it is important to be aware of the signs that your toddler may need physical therapy. Physical therapy (PT) is a type of healthcare service that helps children improve their motor skills, coordination, and overall physical abilities. If your toddler is experiencing any difficulties with physical development, physical therapy may be able to help.

Here are some common signs that your toddler may need physical therapy:
  1. Delayed milestones: Milestones are the benchmark achievements that most children reach within a certain age range. For example, most toddlers begin walking between 9 and 15 months of age. If your toddler is significantly delayed in reaching these milestones, it may be a sign that they need physical therapy.
  2. Poor balance: If your toddler has difficulty standing, walking, or sitting upright, it may indicate that they need physical therapy to improve their balance. This can also lead to frequent falls and increased risk of injury.
  3. Difficulty with fine motor skills: Fine motor skills involve the use of the hands and fingers, such as holding a pencil, picking up small objects, or using utensils. If your toddler is having difficulty with these tasks, it may indicate that they need physical therapy to help improve their hand-eye coordination.
  4. Lack of coordination: If your toddler is stumbling, tripping, or bumping into things frequently, it may indicate that they have poor coordination. This can be caused by a variety of factors, including muscle weakness or tightness, joint stiffness, or neurological issues. Physical therapy can help improve coordination and reduce the risk of injury.
  5. Difficulty with gross motor skills: Gross motor skills involve the use of larger muscle groups, such as running, jumping, and playing. If your toddler is having difficulty with these activities, it may indicate that they need physical therapy to help improve their overall physical abilities.
  6. Pain or discomfort: If your toddler is complaining of pain or discomfort, it may indicate that they need physical therapy. This can be caused by a variety of factors, including muscle weakness or tightness, joint stiffness, or neurological issues.
  7. Reduced activity level: If your toddler is avoiding physical activity or is less active than they used to be, it may indicate that they need physical therapy. This can be due to a variety of factors, including pain, discomfort, or lack of confidence in their physical abilities.

If you suspect that your toddler may need physical therapy, it is important to consult with your healthcare provider. A physical therapist will assess your child's physical abilities and provide a personalized treatment plan to help improve their motor skills, coordination, and overall physical abilities.

In conclusion, physical therapy can be a valuable resource for children who are experiencing difficulties with physical development. If your toddler is showing any of the signs described above, it may be time to consider physical therapy to help improve their overall physical abilities and reduce the risk of injury. It is important to remember that early intervention is key, so it is never too early to seek help if you suspect that your child may need physical therapy.

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