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Physical Conditions Contributing to Obesity/Overweight


Physical obstacles that create a preference for a sedentary lifestyle.  Which can result in obesity/overweight in children.

Symptoms associated with the condition:

  • Inability to tolerate physical activity
  • Avoidance of physical activity
  • Inadequate coordination
  • Deconditioning
  • Weakness
  • Joint pain
  • Back pain with activity
  • Decreased aerobic capacity

Brief description of rehab evaluation:

At a physical therapy (PT) evaluation the PT will talk with you about your child’s medical history and your current concerns.  The PT will perform a physical exam and will likely assess your child’s level of conditioning, muscle strength, functional mobility, coordination, pain, and activity tolerance. After the evaluation together you will discuss the results of the evaluation and whether or not treatment can help.

Common rehab treatment interventions:

This is generally a family based intervention which may include graduated conditioning, strengthening, physical activity and coordination exercises.  It is critical to success that the parent comes to each treatment session and is involved daily in following through with their child in doing the activities and lifestyle changes involved in treatment.
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