Physical Therapy

PEDS physical therapy

Improving Strength, Coordination and Balance in Children

When a child needs help mastering movement or developmental skills, families turn to Physical Therapy services at Mary Bridge Children's for personalized care. Our highly experienced pediatric physical therapists use play and exercise to improve strength, coordination, balance and range of motion in children ages birth to 18 years. We have expanded access to Virtual Care as well. Ask if a Virtual Care appointment may be appropriate for your child.

We serve children with a variety of diagnoses, including but not limited to:

  • Developmental delay and coordination disorders
  • Genetic disorders (muscular dystrophy, Down Syndrome)
  • Neuromuscular disorders (cerebral palsy, spina bifida, brain injury)
  • Orthopedic disorders (torticollis, brachial plexus injury, trauma, sports injuries)

Specialized Pediatric Services

Our services include evaluations, treatment planning, individual therapy, parent education and co-treatments with Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy. We work together with primary care providers, schools, community agencies and other providers to ensure the best outcomes for each child and family.

  • Aquatic therapy
  • Gait analysis
  • Consultation in Mary Bridge Clinics and Programs, including the Neurodevelopmental Program and Neonatal Follow-up Clinic
  • Equipment needs/wheelchair evaluations
  • Inpatient services at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital and Tacoma General NICU
  • Neurodevelopmental therapy
  • Orthotic casting and management
  • Spasticity management
  • Treatment of sports injuries

Aquatic Therapy

Using the therapeutic value of warm water combined with experienced therapists, aquatic therapy offers individual treatment designed to address a child’s specific needs by focusing on a child’s motor control, strength and flexibility. Aquatic therapy is located in our technically advanced SwimEx® therapy pool at the MultiCare Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Center in Tacoma.

Equipment Clinic

Mary Bridge Physical Therapy provides assessment and consultation for a child’s equipment needs that supports independence and participation in family, school and community activities, including power and manual wheelchairs, home equipment (such as bath chairs, walkers and so on) and information on equipment resources such as medical equipment vendors.

Robert Cooper, MD, with Mary Bridge Children's Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, discusses spasticity and various treatment options.