I'm not sure if my child needs PT. They don't have a diagnosis.
Call and talk with me to determine if an evaluation is the right plan. A diagnosis is not necessary. We can schedule a screening or evaluation if there are concerns but this does not necessarily mean your child will need regular PT services.
My baby's head is flat on one side. Is this a problem?
This can often make it difficult for the child to turn their head both directions when on their back. They may also have some asymmetry to their forehead, eyes, or ears. First, make sure your baby has time out of the "containers" (car seats, bouncy seats, swings, etc.). Encourage tummy time. Second, try to put all objects of interest on the side that is not flat to get the child to turn their head to the other side. Consider placement of mobiles, car seat toys, the side that "activity" is going on (people, kids, tv) , and what side caregivers are on with sleeping and diaper changes. Position the child so that most activity is on the side that is not flat. If you don't see noticeable change in a couple of weeks, call to make an appointment. Earlier is better.
I have concerns about my baby's head tilt but my doctor said to wait and check it at the next well baby visit. Do I need to wait?
Not if you don't want to. Alaska is a direct access state that means you are able to see a PT without a doctor's referral. Some insurance do require a referral for payment. The majority physicians are willing to refer when the parent wants PT and I am happy to talk with your doctor. We want a team to create the best plan for your child. Please call for an appointment. Earlier treatment often means fewer sessions are needed.
My child receives services through PIC or FOCUS, Inc. can I still get PT with you?
Yes! It is often very beneficial to get more direct treatment services for your child. Care can be coordinated with them if you choose.
I have a Tricare authorization to see another clinic/provider. Can I see you instead?
Yes, if you have not used that authorization. If you have, we need to request a new one.
What if I am not able to schedule a time with you?
If I do not have a time that works for you I will try to connect you with another good pediatric physical therapist. A waiting list is used only if there are no other options available or you specifically want to work with me. This is to encourage access to PT services for your child as soon as possible.
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Physical Therapy for Kids, LLC in Anchorage, Alaska provides specialized pediatric physical therapy for infants and children preemie - 12 years old with movement issues ranging from mild concerns to significant motor problems.