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Physical Therapy Programs

The Young Athlete:

Sports injuries in children are different than those in adults and a child’s rehabilitation process is different than that of their parents.  With more and more children specializing in one sport, repetitive injuries and underused muscles occur at a higher frequency. The physical therapists at Positive Steps Therapy work closely with one another as well as with local physicians to establish appropriate protocols for the return of their injured athletes to sports. Our therapists believe in active rest to condition the child and keep them healthy in the safest way possible in order to prepare them to return to their sport of choice.

We see children with a variety of sports and overuse injuries including though not limited to:

  • Stress Fractures
  • Severs Disease, Calcaneal Apophysitis
  • Sinding Larsen Johansson Disease
  • Little League Elbow
  • Osgood Schlatter Disease
  • Muscle strains
  • Myositis Ossificans
  • Ligament sprains
  • Joint dislocations
  • Patellofemoral pain syndrome
  • Spinal injuries
  • ACL injuries

The pediatric patient responds differently to injuries and their rehabilitation should be handled by those who know.


At Positive Steps Therapy, we are able to provide ongoing education and training for parents and children in the care of bracing.  Our physical therapists are available, working in concert with a child’s referring physician(s), to evaluate a child’s bracing needs.  Follow up appointments are conducted to ensure proper use and fit.  As the child develops, our team can evaluate if the brace is continuing to appropriately assist with a child’s ability to function, as well as make recommendations as appropriate.  Treatment will be based on our expert evaluation of your child’s condition and the likelihood for a good outcome.  If bracing and physical therapy are the prescribed option, we can offer a comprehensive functional plan.  Example diagnoses which require bracing include:  hypotonia, cerebral palsy, toe walking, and spina bifida to name a few.

Adaptive Equipment:

Whether it is at school, in their home, or out in the community, a child may benefit from the use of adaptive positioning, seating, and mobility devices.  This equipment can assist a child in maintaining upright posture to engage in activities, participate with peers, and improve overall body function by allowing various positions to maximize respiratory function, improve head and upper extremity control, and minimize the potential of muscle contractures or skin breakdown.

Our physical therapists are available to evaluate a child’s need for adaptive equipment.  They will assess the child’s positioning, posture, muscle control, and bony alignment, while working closely with the family and equipment vendors to achieve functional outcomes.  The therapist will provide input and recommendations based on the child’s needs and the family’s unique situation.  The physical therapists at Positive Steps Therapy will continue to reassess the child during their course of treatment or on an as needed basis to determine the current fit of the equipment and potential need for modifications as the child continues to grow and develop.

Massage Therapy:

Massage therapy is used for a variety of clients, such as children with cerebral palsy, autism, toe walking, and spasticity to name a few.

Benefits of massage include but are not limited to:

  • Calming a child
  • Decreasing anxiety
  • Improving muscle tone
  • Promoting good sleep habits
  • Increasing focus/sensory integration
  • Decreasing aversion to touch
  • Reducing pain
  • Improving flexibility and range of motion

Benefits of massage for newborns include but are not limited to:

  • Improving digestion
  • Stimulating nervous system to build muscle tone, coordination, and brain function
  • Increasing circulation
  • Calming to improve sleep habits
  • Boosting immune system
  • Healing from birth trauma