Infant Rehabilitation with the right Pediatric Rehab
Some children might see pediatric rehabilitation as scary and painful, others simply view it as another excuse to play. It is very important for the child’s well being that the specialists use the correct pediatric rehab equipment. It is specifically designed to fit the right size of the little patients.
Pediatric rehabilitation focuses on addressing neurological (nervous system diseases) and orthopedic injuries (injuries to the vertebrae, joints, bones, ligaments, cartilage and muscles) in children at any stage, from newborn (first four weeks) to teenagers (12-18 years of age).
This type of rehabilitation is essential at this age because the brain is still capable of neuronal plasticity, which is the ability to renew or reconnect their neural circuits to perform new tasks properly.
The main conditions treated in a Pediatric Rehabilitation program are:
- Congenital Torticollis
- Infant Hip Dysplasia
- Obstetric Brachial Plexus Palsy
- Spine deviations.
- Lower Extremity Disorders
- Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
- Cerebral Palsy
Every rehabilitation center has an area specifically designed for the development of this recovery with the proper pediatric rehab equipment. A beneficial complementary treatment, as well as the one provided at the clinic or rehab center, is the one recommended by the physical therapist or by the doctor to do at home. The parents must make sure that their child does these recovery exercises (for those injured or that have a treatable condition) at home so that the outcome will be successful. At those early stages the human body is more flexible and strong and also the brain is like a little sponge thirsty for knowledge.
Much of the pediatric rehab equipment is created to reach the child through various sensory channels (sight, smell, hearing, touch) to teach, interpret and integrate the different stimuli of various ways in order to enrich their sensory experiences and expand their knowledge of the world.