“Today was my last day for my treatment on my left arm. The pain I was in from the torn rotator cuff has been releaved. The staff and Dr Lemoine were very pleasant. I would recommend them to my friends.”
We work with youth from age 5 to ensure the best quality of care. LeMoine PT creates a fun exercise environment where a child can rehab their injury and learn exercises that they can do at home so that they can get back in the game as quickly and safely as home, while also learning ways to prevent future injuries.
When working with our Adolescent patients, we place a great deal of focus on the specific goals of each child—-whether it is to get back to a sport such as gymnastics, basketball, or lacrosse; regain participation in school activities; or simply carry their backpack pain-free to school. All of these goals can be accomplished at LeMoine.
Our goal is to help children leave better than when they came in and teach them ways to prevent future issues and maintain proper fitness.
5 Reasons Why Physical Therapy is Important for Younger People
If you have adolescents at home who have been diagnosed with muscular-skeletal pain, you might be wondering if physical therapy can really help them get back on their feet and return to their normal life. After all, what do physical therapists do? Physical therapists are experts in the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries, including everything from sprains and strains to knee and ankle pain. Physical therapists are often consulted by health care professionals like doctors, nurses, chiropractors, and athletic trainers as well as by patients themselves in order to determine a specific course of action regarding their injuries. Contact a PT at LeMoine Physical Therapy today to start working with your child to help with any of the following areas:
1) Improve Fitness
Though people typically associate physical therapy with older adults, it can actually be very beneficial to those of all ages, especially adolescents. Kids are constantly on the go and playing hard, so they can use that sense of physical being drained by doing so many things. It's easy to think a few minutes spent lying down or just resting will do the trick. But you need to get that energy back and some help in figuring out how to use your body correctly in order to move again. We provide these resources by focusing on injury prevention and care, range of motion exercises for strength and flexibility, stretching and conditioning workouts, aerobic exercise plans designed to increase heart rate, coordination development strategies, education about healthy habits (such as nutrition), and much more!
2) Increase Flexibility
Flexibility is defined as the range of motion available at a joint. For athletes, this means being able to jump, sprint, change direction quickly and run without pain. Tight or stiff muscles can inhibit this flexibility. One way to increase it? Stretching! Hold stretches for 15-30 seconds (no more than 60 seconds). The body's physiological process allows these muscles to adjust better in response to stretching and eventually reach their new maximum length. Sometimes flexibility in adolescents is not what it should be, and that's where a PT comes into play!
3) Accelerate Healing Time
One of the major benefits of physical therapy is that it can accelerate the healing time. In a report done by the Ohio State University, for chronic conditions such as asthma, it has been shown that children who received weekly therapy saw an improvement in their quality of life and activity level in comparison to those who did not receive any treatments. Other conditions may require physical therapy on a daily basis until symptoms subside. These treatments work through sensory re-education so that a child's brain can relearn movement patterns which also reduces pain. This accelerates the recovery process because they're able to move without pain instead of favoring one side over another which can create compensatory problems.
4) Reduce Pain
Physical therapy can help with reducing the pain of over-use. It can help children re-learn how to use a joint by correcting the posture, range of motion, and alignment that could be causing the problem. For example, if your child is in pain when walking or running, this may mean that their hip needs to be moved back a little more or it could mean their leg is going too far forward as they take each step. A physical therapist will look at how these movement patterns affect your child's hip and help them fix the problem to relieve some of their pain.
5) Improve Posture
Poor posture can lead to physical issues, such as slouching, hunched shoulders, or slumped sitting. Slouching and hunched shoulders will make a person appear shorter and heavier, which may be the opposite of what you want to do if you're looking to increase your self-confidence! Leaning too far forward in your chair can also cause poor postural alignment and trigger neck pain. There are also certain medical conditions in children that cause bad posture, but a trained physical therapist can help with this!
If you have adolescents at home that are experiencing pain, contact a PT at LeMoine Physical Therapy today.