Does pediatric physical therapy hurt?

Does pediatric physical therapy hurt?

Pediatric physical therapy is generally not designed to cause pain. Rather, it is intended to help improve children’s motor skills, strength, balance, and coordination, particularly for those with injuries or medical conditions affecting their physical function. The exercises and techniques are usually tailored to each child’s abilities and tolerance to ensure they are comfortable and can achieve their therapy goals.

However, just like with adults, some discomfort may occasionally be experienced during or after the therapy sessions, particularly when working on improving flexibility, strength, or movement in areas that may be tight, weak, or injured. Our physical therapists will always monitor the child’s response to the therapy and adjust the intensity of the therapy to minimize any discomfort or pain.

If a child ever reports pain during therapy, it’s crucial to communicate this to their Hernandez Therapy Clinic physical therapist. They can adjust the exercises or techniques to ensure the therapy is as comfortable as possible. Physical therapy should always aim to help the child improve in a safe and comfortable environment.