Conditions We Treat for Children with Disabilities
Intensive Physical Therapy Institute (IPTI) works with children that have dysfunctions of the neuromuscular system. Our staff is experienced and trained in the assessment and treatment of neuromuscular conditions in children. We provide a unique approach based on the Intensive Model of Physical Therapy (IMOT).
Cerebral Palsy (CP)
Cerebral palsy is a condition that results from an injury of the immature brain of the child that can occur during labor or immediately after birth. It’s not contagious or progressive and affects different systems of the child’s body. It can affect locomotion, cognition, feeding, communication and social skills, depending on the severity and areas of the brain that have been compromised.
Through our approach cerebral palsy therapy will provide the resources that your child needs to normalize tone activity, to be able to achieve function. This therapy can lead to your child eventually being more independent in activities of daily living.
In everyone’s body, the genetic code is responsible for characteristics and function. For unknown reasons, the genes can be altered from their normal configuration (missing or replicating). This anomaly will cause mild to severe dysfunction. Our therapy will address these conditions according to the neuromuscular impairments that the child presents, and will facilitate higher levels of independence.
Bowel & Bladder Training
Injuries of the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) at birth or during early years of life may be the cause of bowel or bladder control problems.
Physical therapy is the non-surgical, no-drug approach to treating bladder and bowel control problems. We offer non-invasive treatment through interventions, specific exercises, education and information.
A child with developmental delays does not have function according to their age, meaning that he/she will be behind in motor and social skills. Our approach will enhance your child’s abilities to gain motor control and be able to cope with the demands of his/her age.
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Autism is the inability to cope or inter-relate with the environment and with one’s peers. It is also the inability to codify emotions and express them, leading the autistic person to an isolated state. Our intensive model of physical therapy provides the resources to organize the child’s sensory motor system, which will enable the child to cope with the social and physical world we live in.
Each person with Down syndrome is a unique individual and may possess characteristics of the syndrome to different degrees. While there is no cure, your child's condition can improve.
We can help by facilitating normal milestone development in movement and body control; increase tone in the muscles and posture, enabling your child to gain stability, control and mobility; strengthen body structures; train your child in routine activities; and educate you as to the best management of your child at home.
Sensory Integration Disorder
This is the inability of the child to integrate his/her senses and provide a normal response. Some example of challenges are textures, touch, pressure, smells, light. Our hands-on approach comes with special techniques to provide your child with the elements necessary to integrate, disassociate and tolerate stimuli from his/her physical and social environments.
Spina bifida can range from minor physical problems with little functional impairment to severe physical and mental disabilities.
We can evaluate and customize a plan of care directed to improve and maintain range of motion of all affected joints, facilitate muscular strength, correct misalignments in posture, train your child in routine activities, adapt assistive and orthotic devices to best fit the needs of your child, and improve or facilitate bladder and bowel control.
Spinal Cord Injury
This is an injury in the spinal cord that disrupts the conduction of the nerves that originate from that area, affecting sensory and motor function. It can limit the ability to feel and perform function in different parts of the body, depending on the segment of the spinal cord that has been involved. Spinal cord injury can be classified as paraplegia (paralysis of both limbs), hemiplegia (paralysis of one side of the body), and quadriplegia (paralysis of the trunk and four limbs). The injury can be classified as congenital or acquired:
Congenital: The onset of the condition is from birth: spina bifida, tumors, etc.
Traumatic: Your child was born with no problems, but the spine has been affected due to trauma during recreational activity, accident, or disease.
Our therapy will maximize the available function for your child to cope with the demands of life and will prevent complications that might develop if left untreated, like contractures and osteoporosis.
Post-Stem Cell Therapy
The doctors who prescribe and perform stem cell therapy recommend that your child be treated with an intensive physical therapy session immediately following the procedure. This is to maximize the potential for motor learning and neuro plasticity. Usually the 3-week/4 hours a day intensive physical therapy session is the recommended dose for your child, but accommodations can be made for specific needs.
Tourette Syndrome (TS) is a neurological disorder that becomes evident in early childhood or adolescence before the age of 18 years. We will provide your child with a personalized approach according to the motor and sensory dysfunction shown in his/her specific spectrum of Tourette Syndrome.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Traumatic brain injury is the result of severe head trauma that causes lesions to the brain, leading to dysfunctions that can affect the locomotor system, communication and other vital functions that can lead to disability in children.
We help children with rehabilitation and other conditions
Intensive Physical Therapy Institute (IPTI) works with children who have dysfunctions of the musculoskeletal system. Our staff is experienced and trained in the assessment and treatment of the following conditions in children. We provide a unique approach based on the traditional and intensive physical therapy.
Postural misalignments or deformities can occur due to muscular imbalances or repetitive postural misalignment. The most common deformities seen are: torticollis, clubfoot, malalignment of the knees, and scoliosis.
We can assess the postural or segment alignment and determine the degree of deformity; find the anatomical or mechanical cause of the postural misalignment; address the deformity and facilitate muscular balance to improve posture; adapt an orthotic device to aid with proper body alignment; refer your child to an orthopedic surgeon, if necessary; and design a custom home exercise program to continue progress.
Children recovering from post-cancer treatment are struggling to regain strength, stamina, and often, physical ability.
We can help your child increase physical endurance and stamina; decrease or relieve pain that occurs as a side effect of radiation or chemotherapy; increase strength and provide stability to regain ability; correct deformities due to muscular weakness; decrease and prevent damage to the nerves from cancer treatment; improve mineral bone density; teach energy conservation techniques and help to regain self-esteem and self-confidence.
Post-surgical conditions are debilitating and transitional. These surgeries may include cardio-vascular, pulmonary, tumor removal, or surgical correction of deformities.
Cardio respiratory: We can help with pain management; physical reconditioning to promote endurance and stamina; and prevent deformities and comorbidities.
Tumor removal: We can help manage spasticity; maintain range of motion and prevent compensatory deformities; facilitate function and activities of daily living; adapt orthotic and/or assistive devices; and design a custom home exercise program.