Depending on the body part affected, symptoms will vary. The body’s response to any injury includes an inflammation response as the body rushes blood and oxygen to the area for healing. This is almost always accompanied by pain. The inactivity and immobilization that generally follows any injury may result in tight muscles surrounding the joint or bone affected, muscle weakness, and fatigue.
Description of rehab evaluation:
The physical therapist (PT) or occupational therapist (OT) will review your child’s medical history, including a history of the injury and any relevant surgery. She will ask you about any concerns you have.
The therapist will examine your child. She will measure your child’s pain, movement, strength, coordination, balance, endurance and ability to participate in daily activities, use their hands, walk and move about.
After the assessment the PT will talk to you about the evaluation results and discuss goals, and a plan of care. Pain will be assessed at the evaluation and at the beginning and end of each session.
Common rehab treatment interventions:
Treatment intervention varies with the affected area or body part. Treatment intervention may include but is not limited to pain and swelling management, passive and active range of motion, strengthening activities, and gait training.
As your child gets better the therapy sessions will become more applicable to daily activities. The therapist will help your child normalize dysfunctional movements. The therapist may use massage, heat, ice, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, crutch training, or stair training.