Pediatric physical therapists are responsible for aiding children who are either recovering physical abilities that they may have lost due to illness or injury, or maintaining the abilities that a permanently disabled child may have. As such, working as a pediatric physical therapist requires a passion for caring for children as well as patience and a great capacity to guide.
Pediatric Physical Therapist Tasks
Administer manual exercises, massage or traction to help relieve pain, increase patient strength or decrease or prevent deformity.
Perform an initial exam, evaluate medical records and physician's referral and determine a diagnosis prior to intervention.
Record prognosis, treatment, response and progress in patient's chart or computer database.
Discharge patient from physical therapy when projected outcomes have been attained and provide for follow-up care or referrals.