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Physical Therapy

Child lifting a ball as a part of physical therapy with a physicial therapist
Our pediatric physical therapists offer a variety of evaluation and treatment services. They work with children from birth to 22 years of age with needs related to mobility, functional skills, strength, equipment, movement disorders, post-operative care, and rehabilitation needs. Referrals are accepted from parents, primary care physicians, specialty physicians, or other allied health care professionals. Services are provided at the Pediatric Rehabilitation Center in the Spaulding Outpatient Center for Children Salem.

Conditions treated

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Developmental delay
  • Orthopedic conditions
  • Gait disturbances
  • Neurological disorders
  • Scoliosis
  • Muscle weakness


The LiteGait Walkable is a gait training device that involves a harness system to partially un-weight a child when facilitating ambulation. The system can be used over a treadmill or in various other treatment positions and sessions. Evaluation is required to determine patient eligibility for treatment.

Mobility Equipment

Children can be evaluated by the physical therapists for specific equipment related to mobility, seating and positioning, and home equipment needs. This can include wheelchair evaluations, walkers, strollers, bathroom equipment and more. Recommendations are made in conjunction with the equipment vendor to best meet the child’s needs.

Multidisciplinary Teams

The physical therapists also participate in multidisciplinary team meetings such as the Florence Robertson Pediatric Rehabilitation Clinic and the Multidisciplinary Evaluation Center. We participate in team meetings and make recommendations based on evaluation findings.