Pediatric Physical Therapy
At Fox Valley Physical Therapy and Wellness, our family of experts is here to service your family. We offer pediatric evaluations and physical therapy treatment for children, birth through 21 years. Our well-trained pediatric clinicians have the expertise to understand the unique challenges and needs of this age group and strive to provide a friendly and motivating environment to make each visit fun and stimulating!
Pediatric physical therapy helps children to move and function with greater ease and independence. We combine a variety of treatment techniques with parent education to reach each child’s individual goals.
We treat the following pediatric diagnoses:
- developmental delay
- brachial plexus injury
- down syndrome and other less common syndromes
- sensory integration dysfunction
- cerebral palsy
- spina bifida
- muscular dystrophy
- post-operative diagnoses
- juvenile rheumatoid arthritis
- constipation and bedwetting
We offer varied treatment options including:
- Neurodevelopmental treatment
- Lower extremity biomechanic evaluation and orthotic prescription
- Electrical stimulation
- Myofascial release
- Sensory integration
- Soft tissue and joint mobilization
These varied methods of interaction with the patient promote increased range of motion and joint mobility, improved strength and posture, more efficient and typical gait, and ultimately improved function with greater independence of movement.
When treatment is initiated early on, you maximize the potential for change for your child. For this reason, our services begin at infancy. Our therapists are credentialed through the state of Illinois to provide both evaluation and treatment in Early Intervention for children 0-3 years old. These services are conveniently offered in your child’s natural environment including home, school, daycare or other community locations.
Our pediatric physical therapists work very closely with physicians, school therapists and teachers as well as other specialized clinicians such as pediatric occupational and speech therapists to provide the most comprehensive approach. This collaboration facilitates smooth transitions from Early Intervention to school and from home-based treatment to the clinic.
Parent, patient and therapist goals are outlined prior to implementation of the treatment program and are used as a baseline for progress evaluation. Each child’s maximum functional potential is achieved through treatment and frequency and duration are specific to the client. Also, family involvement is extremely important to the overall success of the treatment program.
Can My Child Benefit?
Although we provide treatment for children with clinical diagnoses such as Cerebral Palsy and Autism, we also assist children who are experiencing difficulty meeting motor milestones but have not yet been clinically diagnosed with a specific condition. Children can benefit from physical therapy intervention if they are having trouble with any of the following:
- Learning how to crawl or walk
- Sitting or standing without support
- Walking up and down stairs
- Walking and running without tripping or falling
- Learning to play sports
- Catching or throwing
- Playing without getting tired, keeping up with his/her peers
We offer free screenings to new patients in order to answer questions such as “Can my child benefit from physical therapy?” A free, 15 minute assessment can help determine a specific problem or need that could benefit from physical therapy intervention. This initial screening could then be followed by a more thorough evaluation to establish goals, treatment options, duration, and frequency requirements.
“Mary Kelly has been working with our son for over a year now. Thanks to her incredible insight, she has been able to unravel several issues that no other therapist had even identified. With her perspective, patience, and extensive experience, Mary has given our son the opportunity to overcome his physical challenges. Our community is so fortunate to have Mary and Chris Kelly and their entire staff at Fox Valley Physical Therapy and Wellness!!”
Mary Kelly has been working with our son for over a year now. Thanks to her incredible insight, she has been able to unravel several issues that no other therapist had even identified. With her perspective, patience, and extensive experience, Mary has given our son the opportunity to overcome his...
- Kathy M.
I am very glad that I came to Fox Valley Physical Therapy and Wellness. I began physical therapy with Chris Kelly for a torn hamstring in October 2011. The injury was not healing well and my doctor advised “immediate and aggressive physical therapy” or he believed I would lose the use of my...
- John A.
If you are looking for a private, personalized and professional physical therapist, Fox Valley Physical Therapy and Wellness is the choice for you. Both Chris and Mary Kelly are knowledgeable, caring and dedicated. I arrived with severe pain and difficulty walking and standing and have shown...
- Barbara W.
My daughter first began seeing Mary Kelly at the age of 16 months, after her first of four major orthopaedic surgeries. It was clear in the beginning that Mary is no ordinary physical therapist. Over the four years that my daughter has been Mary’s client we have always found her to be a kind,...
- Shelby M.
I came to physical therapy with a skeptic view as to its benefits having had prior experiences that didn’t always work out with other injuries. Following my podiatrist’s recommendation, I went to see Chris, gave PT another chance, and was thrilled by the results. I arrived...
I saw Chris Kelly for physical therapy after an ACL injury and was really pleased with the quality of care that I received. As an active person, it was very important to me to be able to return to all the things I had done prior to the injury. Chris treated me as a partner in my care and made my...
- Rose Ann D.
My daughter has severe physical disability and has been treated by Mary Kelly for the last 8 years. Mary provides professional knowledge, detailed explanations, and compassionate care. She is absolutely the best in the Chicago area! ...
- Kim L.
Intense discomfort in the hip area made walking difficult and disallowed my main hobby: golf. Chris Kelly, through careful listening and knowledgeable probing questions, discovered the true source of the pain and created a regime to treat the offending area as well as promote flexibility and...
- Stephen Frost
Chris and Mary provide a very caring and motivating environment for the patients. They also instill a very collaborative approach that benefits the patient. Highly skilled in their respective specialties with the ultimate goal of helping you. ...
- Karin H.
You feel all their efforts are directed toward resolving your problem. They’re some of the BEST in physical therapy. I would definitely recommend patients to them for treatment. ...
- Mary C.
“Mary Kelly has been working with our son for over a year now. Thanks to her incredible insight, she has been able to unravel several issues that no other therapist had even identified. With her perspective, patience, and extensive experience, Mary has given our son the opportunity to overcome...
- Kathy M.
Our team of therapists provides clinical expertise to thoroughly evaluate and diagnose the problem behind the symptoms.
Our therapists offer their clinical expertise to thoroughly evaluate and diagnose the problem behind the symptoms.