Physical Therapy

The Physical Therapy Department provides outpatient, acute care and inpatient rehabilitation evaluation and therapy services for children and adolescents with disabilities and impairments in order to improve all areas of gross motor function.

The basis of pediatric physical therapy (PT) lies in understanding how a child’s motor performance develops and how it is related to the child’s cognitive development. Both inpatient and outpatient PT services at Children’s Hospital in New Orleans focus on minimizing the effect of injuries, disease or developmental disabilities on a child’s ability to function. We also specialize in treating orthopedic conditions and post-injury/surgical return to sport. 


Our therapists are trained in working with children and adolescents from birth to age 21. Conditions that may require our physical therapy services include: 
  • Developmental Delays
  • Burns / Wounds
  • Genetic Disorders
  • Neuromuscular conditions 
  • Orthopedic disorders 
  • Sports Injuries 
  • Decreased mobility 
  • High-risk infants 
  • Torticollis


Our physical therapists create a customized program which addresses your child’s unique needs. The therapy process includes an initial evaluation, during which we assess the way your child moves, plays and walks, as well as potential postural or alignment problems and sources of pain. After the evaluation, the physical therapist will create a treatment plan. Examples of physical therapy treatments include the following: 
  • Therapeutic exercise, such as strengthening, stretching and aerobic exercise 
  • Modality treatments like heat, ice, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, hydrotherapy and biofeedback
  • Wound assessment and management 
  • Developmental stimulation
  • Therapeutic and functional activities like balance training, coordination activities, running and riding bikes 
  • Gait training including treadmill training using body weight support system and Lite Gait 
  • Orthotic and prosthetic training 
  • Lower extremity splinting and casting 
  • Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy
  • Equipment assessments, evaluations, fitting and training 
  • Gait training for post-surgical patients 
  • Development and institution of home exercise programs 
  • Pre and post-bone marrow transplant evaluations


Our physical therapists participate in the following programs and clinics at Children’s Hospital: 
  • Wound Care Clinic 
  • Car seat evaluations for children with special needs 
  • Equipment evaluations
  • Amputee Clinic 
  • The Gilda Trautman Newman Rehabilitation Center
  • Post-surgical orthopedic rehabilitation 
  • Hemophilia Clinic 
Our physical therapists work as part of a interdisciplinary team to help children, adolescents and young adults reach their therapy goals.


For more information about the Department of Physical Therapy, call (504) 896-9557

Patient Referrals

Referrals and prescriptions with physician’s signature may be dropped off, mailed or faxed to:

Children’s Hospital New Orleans
Department of Physical Therapy 
200 Henry Clay Ave 
New Orleans, LA 70118
Phone: (504) 896-9557 
Fax: (504) 896-2894



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