Genetic Syndromes

Is Your Child Living with a Genetic Syndrome? 

It can sometimes be difficult to determine if a child is living with a genetic syndrome. Fortunately, these conditions are able to be both diagnosed and treated with the help of physical therapy.

As stated by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), “Studies have indicated that genetic factors influence many, if not most of the diseases commonly encountered in PT practice.”

If your child has been diagnosed with a genetic syndrome, or you think he or she may have one, don’t hesitate to contact Partners in Physical Therapy to consult with one of our Lake Charles physical therapists today.

How can physical therapy help with genetic syndromes? 

Genetic syndromes can affect many parts of a child’s life, including motor skills, cognitive development, physical development, socialization, mobility, classroom success, and more.

Genetics can play a key role in a child’s developmental milestones, and if they are predisposed to a certain condition, it may be difficult to meet one or more of those milestones. In fact, APTA also states that “Genes appear to influence not only risk for disease, but also progression, outcomes and response to rehabilitation interventions.”

Fortunately, through diagnostic testing, our Lake Charles physical therapists can get to the root of your child’s genetic syndrome to determine which treatment methods may be best for his or her needs.

If your child has already received a genetic syndrome diagnosis, a physical therapist will begin by conducting physical and mental assessments to determine where your child is developmentally, and which areas will need the most focus.

How can I get started?

At our Lake Charles physical therapy clinic, we have treated several pediatric patients with a wide range of genetic syndromes and specific needs. 

Whether your child needs help with communicating, strengthening fine and gross motor skills, improving gait, developing more appropriate physical/mental responses to stimuli, or anything in-between, we can help.

Contact Partners in Physical Therapy today to schedule your initial consultation and get started on the first steps of treating your child’s genetic syndrome.