Pediatric Physical Therapy Services

We treat a variety of acute and chronic injuries and conditions

If you are looking for physical therapy for your child, then you’ve come to the right place.

Our physical therapists treat children and adolescents of all ages and abilities. We are skilled at treating children with both acute and chronic injuries and disabilities, such as sports injuries, orthopedic impairments, autism, cerebral palsy, JRA, and developmental delays. Common issues that our therapists treat include weak and tight muscles, joint laxity, poor balance, and poor coordination. 

Conditions Treated

Click on any of the conditions below for more information about how our team of therapists at CFZ can help your child.  Don’t see the condition you’re looking for? Contact us to learn more.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 2.6 million children between the ages of 0-19 are treated in emergency departments each year for sports or recreation related injuries. Sports injuries range from sprains and strains to fractures and ligament tears.  Concussions are also on the rise in youth sports.

Physical therapists at CFZ are familiar in treating a variety of orthopedic injuries and post-surgical patients.  We work closely with patients and physicians to follow necessary treatment protocols.  In addition to rehabilitation of the injured body part, physical therapists at CFZ are dedicated to educating patients and families on injury prevention to limit injury recurrence.

For more information on sports or recreational injuries and prevention checkout Preventing Musculoskeletal Sports Injuries in Youth: A Guide for Parents new-window-icon

Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders can display some gross motor deficits, but not all of these children exhibit gross motor limitations. In addition to gross motor difficulties, many children with ASD exhibit language delays, difficulties with social interaction, sensory processing difficulties and other fine motor concerns.

At CFZ, our physical therapists often work with children with ASD through a team approach with our occupational therapists and speech therapists to encompass the individual child’s needs as a whole.

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Children with cerebral palsy exhibit abnormalities in muscle tone and strength which can lead to range of motion limitations, bony deformities, balance and coordination deficits. As a result, functional mobility skills (i.e. crawling, standing, walking, etc) are negatively impacted.

Our therapists work with these children to improve upon their specific limitations through individualized functional programs suited to fit each individual child’s needs.  In addition to treatment programming, we work with families to perform adaptive equipment evaluations for wheelchairs, adaptive seating, standers, gait trainers and walking aides as well as orthotic assessments in order to achieve the maximum extent of mobility possible.

Children who exhibit developmental delays are considered to be behind their same age peers in achieving their gross motor milestones.  Learn more about developmental milestones within our Family Resources section.

At CFZ, we work with children and families to determine not only what the delays are, but why the delays are present by completing a comprehensive gross motor evaluation.  Treatment is geared towards improving the impairments that lead to difficulties in performing age appropriate motor skills.

Children who have been diagnosed with genetic disorders face a wide range of challenges and limitations.

Physical therapists at CFZ will work with patients and families perform a comprehensive evaluation to determine each individual child’s impairments and limitations.  The individual needs of each child will be addressed through individualized therapy programs.  Referrals to occupational therapy and/or speech therapy may also be beneficial to address potential concerns in those areas.

Children with JRA often exhibit joint pain and swelling as well as range of motion deficits in the affected joints.

Our team of physical therapists at CFZ works closely with patients, families and physicians to reduce pain and swelling in affected joints as well as improve joint range of motion through a variety of therapeutic techniques including but not limited to passive range of motion, soft tissue massage/mobilization and functional activities as tolerated by the patient.  These children often respond well to aquatic therapy, which helps to decrease weight-bearing through painful joints while increasing the amount of movement within these joints.

This category includes any diagnosis that affects the brain’s ability to transmit neurological signals to the rest of the body. Children with neurological impairments may exhibit abnormalities in muscle tone and strength which can lead to range of motion limitations, bony deformities, balance and coordination deficits.  As a result, functional mobility skills may be negatively impacted.

Our therapists work with these children to improve upon their specific limitations through individualized functional programs suited to fit each individual child’s needs.  In addition to treatment programming, we work with families to perform adaptive equipment evaluations for wheelchairs, adaptive seating, standers, gait trainers and walking aides as well as orthotic assessments in order to achieve the maximum extent of mobility possible.

This category encompasses any diagnosis or disorder that affects one’s ability to move his/her arms, legs or trunk. This includes but is not limited to diagnoses of muscular dystrophy, spinal muscular atrophy, spina bifida and myopathies.

Physical therapists at CFZ will work with these patients and families to address movement impairments through strengthening, stretching, positioning, and energy conservation strategies.  Our therapists will also work closely with families to obtain adaptive equipment and/or orthotic devices as needed for each individual child.

Scoliosis is a condition typically seen in adolescent children.  This condition is characterized by a curvature of the spine, which can result in asymmetrical positioning of the shoulders, rib cage, and hips.  

Our Schroth program for Scoliosis here at CFZ is a conservative, non-surgical treatment that works very closely with patients/families to create an individualized program specific to the child’s curve pattern.  Our program focuses on specific postures/positioning to be worked into the child’s day in order to prevent further curve progression.  This program also includes exercises that are specific to the child’s curve, and focus on 3D correction (correction in all three planes – frontal, sagittal, and transverse) and then strengthening in that corrected position.       

Toe walking is a commonly seen diagnosis and is often accompanied by tightness of the gastrocnemius/soleus complex (calf muscles). Children who are toe walkers often begin toe walking from an early age and may go undetected for some time before concerns are raised by the parents.  Causes of toe walking can be idiopathic (unknown), neurological impairments or sensory processing disorders.

Our team of physical therapists at CFZ will work with patients and families to determine the cause of toe walking in order to guide treatment appropriately.  If the family expresses some sensory concerns, a referral to occupational therapy may be warranted to rule out sensory processing disorders.  Physical therapy treatment will address muscle tightness, muscle weakness and body mechanics to promote improvements with gait patterns.

Torticollis is a condition primarily seen in infants and is characterized by tightness of the sternocleidomastoid muscle in the neck, resulting in abnormal positioning of the head. Babies with torticollis may also present with flattening of the head (plagiocephaly) due to poor head positioning.

Physical therapists at CFZ work closely with these families to develop therapeutic programs that incorporate stretching, positioning and gross motor skill development.  Our therapists will also work with families and physicians to determine whether or not there is a need for a cranial orthosis to help with correction of plagiocephaly.

Our specific treatment programs are dependent upon your child’s individual needs, but interventions and strategies used to elicit positive results can include the following.

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What Clients Are Saying

My twelve year old daughter has been seeing Craig since she was four years old and she loves coming to the ‘gym.’ I love that she refers to it as the ‘gym’ instead of therapy. She sees her therapy as a place where she works her body to become stronger and has fun. She is disappointed if therapy is canceled. The staff is wonderful and works to find the right fit with each child and therapist. They work across modalities and communicate with the school and her doctors. I am thankful to have Cheshire Fitness Zone in my daughter’s life! Thank you!
Heather M.
Both of our sons have participated in physical, occupational, and speech therapy at Cheshire Fitness Zone. We make the forty minute trek to Cheshire three times per week because the therapists are like none other we have encountered. Our sons (4 and 5 years old) have received therapy since birth and I was so pleased to have found Cheshire Fitness Zone. Both of my kids have been challenged and nurtured by the therapists. They are so amazing with the kids and I am thankful for their dedication.
Katy Blanchette
Cheshire Fitness Zone has been absolutely wonderful for my family. All of the staff and therapists treat the children with respect and truly care about their development. The therapists are always available to ask questions and are extremely knowledgeable. The front desk staff alway works to accommodate our schedule and are always friendly and kind. I always refer Cheshire Fitness Zone to other families who are looking for services for their children.
Anonymous
We can’t thank you enough. I don’t think we would be where we are if it wasn’t for your care, guidance, and support for Cole and us.
Joyce Ann Piepenbring
My family has been blessed with this amazing crew at Cheshire Fitness Zone for almost five years. My daughter started PT at six months of age when we discovered unexpected delays. The staff from day one has gone above and beyond to help my daughter to be where she is today. They are not only extremely knowledgeable in their individual fields, but make everyone who walks through their door feel welcome and cared for. After the past five years, I consider these individuals like family. They have taught me so many ways to help my daughter and also to strive for the best and prepare for her future. I would highly recommend Cheshire Fitness Zone to anyone who needs services for their children. We appreciate it more than you’ll ever know.
Lisa Werdann
I honestly can’t thank you enough for all the time you spent with us and the very valuable advice that you gave.
The Cristo Family
Highly recommend. The warm, loving atmosphere sets the tone for these highly motivated therapists to do their thing. The office staff is top notch as well!!
Peter S.
We have been coming to Cheshire Fitness Zone for fifteen years. Our son has a motor dyspraxia which causes challenges with posture, upper body strength, and affects his fine motor skills too. After coming consistently every week for 1-2 visits he has surpassed many of his physical challenges. Now as a young man he takes physical challenges like 5k’s and bike challenges with a smile. We are grateful to the many physical therapists he has had over the years. Each of them has encouraged him and pushed him to improve in a gentle, but firm way, and always with a sense of humor. Our son looks forward to coming every week.
The Anthony’s
Cheshire Fitness Zone therapists offer hope, encouragement, and creativity. They deliver on persistence, personal gains, and individual growth because they genuinely care. In spite of working on the steps to tie his shoes for over six months at a different facility, at Cheshire Fitness Zone Erin never lost hope or let him quit. Although he had no idea each week she worked on skills that when put together would tie a shoe. She approached the idea of tying many times only to be met with complete resistance and totally shutting down. Then one day he came to me after his session and said, ‘Hey mom, guess what? I can tie my shoes.’ When I saw the pride in his eyes and the encouragement on Erin’s face I knew he had done it. It was one of the happiest moments of his childhood. What a gift…self-pride and independence.
Stacey Lyn
As a physical therapist at Cheshire Fitness Zone, I have seen firsthand the positive impact therapy services have had on so many children and their families. We are very family-oriented at Cheshire Fitness Zone and are constantly working with our families to help reach their goals for their children. It is an extremely rewarding feeling to see a child learn mobility skills that they were unable to perform prior to starting therapy services. The staff at Cheshire Fitness Zone is dedicated to providing the best care possible for all the children that they work with.
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