What’s in a pediatric physical therapy equipment catalog?

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Pediatric physical therapy equipment encompasses a great variety of supplies, devices, and machines including the following:

·         Adaptive bicycles.

·         Body weight supported treadmills.

·         Gait trainers.

·         Modalities.

·         Parallel bars.

·         Swings.

·         Theratogs.

·         Walking tanks.

Adaptive bicycles allow children to participate in age-appropriate activities while at the same time enhancing mobility, flexibility, and strengthening of upper and lower extremities.

Body weight supported treadmills training lets children of varying sizes and heights to take part in treadmill training, which help therapists monitor the amount of body weight that the child supports while enabling optimum gait.

Gait trainers can be used as therapeutic intervention and to assess the need for further equipment for the child.

Modalities include ultrasound and electrical stimulation as a complement to pediatric physical therapy equipment. Ultrasound is indicated for muscle strains, soft tissue shortening, tendon injuries, chronic inflammation, and muscle spasms, while electrical stimulation is intended for strengthening, neuromuscular re-education and biofeedback.

Parallel bars can be used for standing and gait training therapy.

Swings play a major role in sensory integration, balance training, and core strengthening. Physical therapists employ several types of swings to provide children with the vestibular input their bodies require, as well as a soothing rhythmical input.

Theratogs is Velcro-sensitive gear with outside straps that enables the physical therapist to obtain optimal posture and function to enhance the child’s postural alignment and stability while taking part in an assortment of therapeutic activities.

Walking tanks are 10’ long aquatic tanks used for warm water walking or for therapeutic exercise. Water reduces the impact of gravity and decreases up to 90% of body weight, promoting relaxation and freedom of movement.

Pediatric physical therapy may be administered to children ranging between 18 months and 21 years of age, and addresses a wide variety of debilitating conditions, including:

·         Cerebral palsy    

·         Traumatic and acquired brain injury    

·         Traumatic and acquired spinal cord injury    

·         Spina bifida    

·         Cardiac conditions    

·         Oncologic conditions    

·         Amputations and limb deficiencies    

·         Post-surgical orthopedic rehabilitation

·         Arthrogryposis

·         Torticollis

·         Hypotonia

·         Developmental delay

·         Cardiac anomalies

·         Osteogenesis imperfecta

·         Sensory processing disorder

·         Autism spectrum

·         Amputations and limb deficiencies

·         Congenital syndromes

·         Premature birth

·         Oncology (brain tumors, spinal cord tumors, osteosarcomas)

·         Muscular dystrophy

Another useful pediatric physical therapy equipment tool is Kinesio Taping in Pediatrics, a treatise covering conditions that affect children from infancy to adolescence. This volume focuses on the necessary foundation required to improve the efficacy of KT applications. A fundamental whole body taping manual. 

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