Why Choose CHKD?

Physical therapy can be the longest, hardest part of your child's recovery from a sports injury. The sports and orthopedic rehabilitation specialists at CHKD will provide personalized care that will make it easier for your child to continue with this important part of recovery.

The benefits of working with CHKD's sports medicine program are many:

  • We specialize in kids and understand the unique needs of child and adolescent athletes and tailor rehabilitation to meet the needs of children.
  • Unlike traditional facilities, at CHKD your child will be in rehab only with other children. This makes rehab more fun and engaging.
  • In addition to helping your child recover, they will learn injury prevention and performance enhancement exercises.
  • Your child will receive an individualized evaluation and a custom program.
  • We have a team approach to physical therapy. We will consult with you, physicians, coaches, and trainers in order keep your child safe, healthy and strong.

What to Expect

  • Each visit to take approximately 45 to 60 minutes and we ask that your child arrive wearing comfortable clothes.
  • If your child is under the age of 14, a parent or guardian must remain in the gym or waiting area during the entire session. For children over the age of 14, a parent must attend the initial visit and then you may sign a waiver allowing us to treat your child in your absence.
  • During the first visit, the physical therapist (PT) will perform a physical therapy evaluation. The evaluation consists of asking several specific questions about the condition and the symptoms. Your input is often very helpful during this time.
  • Afterwards, the PT will perform a thorough examination, often including areas other than injury site in an effort to determine other factors that may have contributed to the condition. Physical therapy treatment often includes a combination of exercises and may include the use of heat, ice, or massage.
  • During the following visits, the PT will review the exercises and add additional exercises and treatments as necessary to advance your child's recovery.
  • It's important that you work with your child to ensure they are doing all the exercises that have been prescribed to be done at home.


Physical therapy requires a physician referral. Please make sure you have the referral before you call to schedule an appointment and bring it with you to your appointment. If you do not have a referral, or if the referral you have is expired, your insurance may not pay for the services.