OSF Childrens Hospital

Physical Therapy


Physical Therapy - Walking To promote appropriate functional movement and mobility... 

Physical therapy evaluates gross motor skills, mobility skills, lower extremity function, walking, general body strength, musculoskeletal pain or imbalances, and developmental sequencing.  Orthotic evaluation/fabrication and assessments for adaptive equipment or devices for positioning, seating, and increased independence occur as needed.  In all services, parent involvement in treatment is encouraged and needed.

Specialized programs

  • Acute rehabilitation
  • Adaptive Equipment
  • Aquatic therapy
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Gait Analysis
  • Musculoskeletal pain
  • Orthotics
  • Pectus Excavatum/Carinatum
  • Serial Casting
  • Spasticity Management
  • Torticollis


Physical Therapy benefits children with various difficulties or disabilities, including:

  • Physical Therapy - Pool History of premature birth or delayed development
  • Any limitations in functional mobility
  • Pain, Postural correction
  • Brain or spinal cord injury
  • Orthopedic abnormalities
  • Post orthopedic surgery
  • Prosthetic training

Treatments may include facilitation of movement patterns, pre- & post-operative intervention for corrective orthopedic surgeries, instruction on use of assistive devices, gait training with various orthotics, home programming, aquatic therapy, and use of various modalities for strengthening, pain control, or tone control.