Physical therapy helps clients improve in the areas of gross motor skills. Physical therapists (PTs) look at whether a client is functioning at age appropriate level in physical skills such as mobility, coordination, and strength and then determine interventions to help clients improve in areas of concern. Physical therapists and Physical therapy assistants (PTAs) then implement these interventions.
For example, we may use therapy ball activities to strengthen a client’s core muscles so that they then can roll or maintain their balance when sitting or riding a bike. We also help determine and obtain needed assistive technology devices, such as a walker or stander, and teach clients and caregivers how to use them.