Physical Therapy :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy refers to the various treatment methods used to develop or restore movement, promote healing and function, and educate children and their families. PT cares for patients who have a temporary or permanent disability due to injury, disease, birth defect or pain. Therapists also evaluate and instruct children in the use of wheelchairs, braces, crutches, walkers, canes or other durable medical equipment.

The goal of the PT program is to help the child enjoy life by attaining his/her optimum level of independence.

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  • Walk Aide
  • Wheelchair Mobility
  • Custom Pressure Garments
  • Lower Extremity Casting
  • Treadmill Training Program
  • Aquatic (Pool) Therapy
  • Handwriting Programs
  • Summer Therapy Groups
  • Instructions for Home Exercises


One key to an effective Physical Therapy program is a complete evaluation. We consider the child’s age and diagnosis when we decide which abilities to test. Skill areas may include:

  • Motor skills, balance and posture
  • Muscle tone, strength and range of motion
  • Recovery after burns
  • Walking and running
  • Need for special equipment, which may include adaptive seating, splints, casts or other devices

Who Do We Serve?

We provide service to children of all ages. Some of the problems we help with are:

  • Delayed development of mental, motor and social skills
  • Nervous system problems
    • cerebral palsy
    • spina bifida
    • brain and spinal cord injuries
  • Babies born too early
  • Problems brought on by long-term illness
  • Limited movement or injuries to neck, arms or legs
  • Conditions that require casting or splinting

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Contact Info

To schedule an evaluation, please call (614) 722-2200.

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Physical Therapy: Meet Our Leadership

Observe or shadow a therapist

If you're interested in observing or shadowing an occupational or physical therapist, please complete our online application form. A representative will contact you within approximately 30 days.

Visitor restrictions are in place until mid-March. During this time, no inpatient shadowing is permitted.

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Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive Columbus, Ohio 43205 614.722.2000