The goal of physical therapy (PT) is to help clients to "Get Moving". PT services at Arkansas Children's are individually tailored to help each client achieve the highest possible level of independence with their mobility. Both inpatient and outpatient PTs work with clients to enhance development, improve patterns of movement and restore mobility resulting from illness or injury.
Physical therapists at Arkansas Children's are licensed by the State of Arkansas. All of our therapists hold a Master's or Doctoral degree in physical therapy practice. Services are offered in acute care, ICUs, inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient services and specialty clinics.
Areas addressed by Physical Therapy include:
PT practice includes a client-centered evaluation to determine the individual's needs. A treatment plan is made to help improve the client's ability to enhance their mobility and reach their goals. PT is a referral-based service.
The Spasticity and Intrathecal Baclofen Pump Clinic provides diagnosis, evaluation, and management of patients with hypertonia and cerebral palsy, and provides evaluation for treatment of spasticity using botulinum toxin or intrathecal baclofen pump therapy.
Neuromuscular disorders like myopathies, muscular dystrophies, neuropathies and more are treated by specialists in the ACH Neuromuscular Program.
Arkansas Children's Orthopedics offers prenatal consults for pregnant women whose doctor has prenatally diagnosed their child with an orthopedic-related condition.
Including medications and therapies, these options typically are used as the first line of treatment.
Botox® is injected locally and has become a standard of care treatment for overactive muscles in children with spasticity.
For patients with contractures, a severe form of spasticity, our neurosurgeons can perform tendon lengthening, tendon resection and tendon transfers.
Intrathecal baclofen therapy is when a pump placed in the child’s abdomen delivers a muscle relaxant called baclofen into the fluid surrounding the spinal cord.
The Sports Medicine surgery team at Arkansas Children's is able to perform surgery for ACL tears and respect the growth plate while doing so.
Physical therapy management of pelvic health has shown to be a wonderful addition to the standard treatment of patients with incontinence, enuresis, encopresis, chronic constipation, pelvic pain, and many other concerns.
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