Physical Therapy

What is Physical Therapy?

Pediatric physical therapy involves the evaluation and treatment of a child’s gross motor skills, range of motion, postural stability, balance, strength, vestibular, visual and sensory functioning needed to participate in daily activities.

Physical Therapists at MLee

The Physical Therapists at MLee have received the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Degree and are licensed by the Texas Executive Council of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Examiners.  The Physical Therapists at MLee treat children with the following common diagnostic categories:

  • Pediatric developmental disorders
  • Neurological diseases and disorders
  • Musculoskeletal diseases and disorders
  • Developmental Coordination Disorders
  • Generalized weakness
  • Abnormal tone (low/high)
  • Torticollis
  • Infants/children with a history of prematurity, low birth weight, and/or genetic disorders
  • Gait abnormalities including toe walking, poor balance/frequent falling
  • Gravitational insecurity & fear of movement
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Down’s Syndrome
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis

What is the MLee Approach to Physical Therapy?

Treatment is based upon a plan of care established by the treating physical therapist with the input of the child and family. Therapeutic activities will be uniquely designed to address the child’s functional goals. Our therapists are very skilled in incorporating play into activities in order for children to learn new skills doing what they do best. . .PLAY! They won’t know how hard they are working, but the improvements will be seen!

MLee is also a licensed provider of Interactive Metronome (IM). IM is a tool that helps address a core deficit in timing with customized exercises while engaging the brain to do a physical activity with auditory cues. When applicable, IM is utilized in physical therapy at MLee to improve, focus, self-control, coordination and gait/balance.

Home exercise programs will be provided and good compliance typically leads to the best results.

Physical therapy services are provided by Allison Hall, MPT, DPT and M. Haley Cherry, PT, DPT.

The PTs at MLee use a variety of treatments including:

  • Therapeutic Exercise
  • Functional Training
  • Manual Therapy
  • Interactive Metronome (IM)
  • Vestibular training
  • Orthotic and equipment prescription

What will a Physical Therapy Evaluation entail?

PT evaluations will include:

  • a comprehensive intake of birth, medical and developmental history
  • discussion of the parent and child’s concerns and goals
  • observation
  • standardized assessment
  • assessment of functional abilities
  • manual assessment of range of motion, strength and muscle tone

Please have children and adolescents bring/wear a pair of shorts. In order to get a comprehensive view of your child, you will be asked to provide information about your child’s birth history, medications, illnesses/hospitalizations, developmental milestones. Please try to jog your memory of all those dates!

Upon completion of the evaluation a verbal report will be provided with results and recommendations, followed by a written report.