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Does My Child Need Physical Therapy?

Physical therapy is a specialized form of healthcare that focuses on improving physical function and mobility. For children, physical therapy addresses a range of challenges related to movement, coordination, strength, and balance. It aims to enhance a child’s ability to participate in daily activities and promote overall physical well-being. While many children naturally develop their physical abilities, some may face challenges that benefit from physical therapy. If you observe any of the following, consider consulting with a physical therapist:

Motor Skill Challenges

Difficulty with basic motor skills such as crawling, walking, or running.

Muscle Weakness

Lack of strength in certain muscle groups, affecting posture or overall mobility.

Balance & Coordination Issues

Trouble maintaining balance, clumsiness, or difficulty coordinating movements.

Orthopedic Conditions

Conditions affecting bones, joints, or muscles, such as congenital anomalies or injuries.

Postural Problems

Poor posture, which may lead to discomfort or pain.

Neurological Disorders

Conditions affecting the nervous system that impact physical function.

Developmental Milestones

Gross Motor Skills

  • 4 months: Begin to roll over.
  • 6 months: Sitting up independently.
  • 9 months: Crawling.
  • 12 months: Stands independently.
  • 2 years: Walks and climbs stairs with assistance.
  • 4 years: Jumps and hops on one foot.

Strength & Endurances

  • 4 years: Climbs and descends stairs independently.
  • 6 years: Engages in physical activities for an extended period.

Balance & Coordination

  • 2 years: Kicks a ball.
  • 3 years: Rides a tricycle.
  • 5 years: Walks backward and forward with ease.