Physical Therapy

Physical therapists (PT) are health care professionals who provide care to individuals to develop, maintain, and restore maximum movement and function throughout life.

Physical therapists evaluate and diagnose movement dysfunction by assessing each individual and developing a plan using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability.

Our physical therapists evaluate and treat children from the ages of 0-21 in the acute, inpatient rehabilitation, and outpatient settings.

Physical therapists promote holistic and family-centered care through interdisciplinary consultation and collaboration with family members, caregivers, educators and medical professionals.

Intervention is optimized by assessing each child and family’s circumstances to determine individual needs.

Physical therapy maximizes their potential for function to allow for participation in activities meaningful to the child and family, while minimizing the effect of developmental disabilities, injuries, or disease.

Areas of Expertise and Specialty Services

  • Body weight supported treadmill training
  • Complications related to oncological diagnoses
  • Developmental delay
  • Ekso - robotic gait training
  • Equipment and bracing assessment
  • Gait abnormalities
  • Movement disorders
  • Musculoskeletal disorders or injuries
  • Neurological disorders
  • Orthopedic conditions
  • Patients with chronic pain diagnoses, medically complex patients or hemophilia
  • Serial casting
  • Torticollis
  • Wounds


Rehabilitation Services Student Program

We contract with several universities to provide student internships in the fields of:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech Pathology

Find out more about our Student Program.

Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency Program

The Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency was established by the USC Division of Biokinesiology & Physical Therapy and Physical Therapy in the Division of Pediatric Rehabilitative Medicine at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles (CHLA). The program combines the academic resources of a physical therapy educational and research institution with the prominent history and clinical expertise of a clinical group at one of the leading children’s hospitals in the nation. Learn more.