Pediatric Rehabilitation Services - Physical Therapy

Improving motor skills and function

If your child has problems that limit his/her ability to move, learn age appropriate motor skills or perform daily activities, then physical therapy can help. Fairview’s physical therapists are specially trained to work with your child to improve mobility and motor skills.


We evaluate and treat developmental conditions, muscle, joint and neurological conditions.

The physical therapist will work to improve your child’s strength, coordination and balance to learn new skills or return to previous skills. The physical therapist will also work to relieve pain and restore motion for post surgical patients or those children with orthopedic or rheumatologic conditions.
  • Conditions we treat
  • Motor skill delays / Developmental delays
  • Neurological problems (genetic disorders, abnormal muscle tone, progressive disorders)
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Gross motor delay related to prematurity
  • Stroke
  • Traumatic brain injury / Concussion
  • Muscle, joint and bone problems (acquired, congenital, post surgical)
  • Rheumatology disorders
  • Oncology
  • Torticollis / plagiocephaly
  • Weakness / balance disorders
  • Obesity
  • Heart / Cardiac

What we work on
  • Develop age appropriate gross motor skills (rolling, sitting, crawling, walking, jumping, etc)
  • Improve safety and independence in motor skills and general mobility
  • Improve ability to walk with or without an assistive device 
  • Increase range of motion, strength and endurance
  • Evaluate balance problems and improve balance to reduce the risk of falls and to improve gross motor skills
  • Improve strength and ability to exercise for children with obesity
  • Reduce the effects of abnormal muscle tone (low tone or spasticity) impacting positioning, movement or motor skill development
  • Provide specialized services such as edema/lymphedema treatment within the Fairview system
  • Evaluate the need for seating systems, wheelchairs, walkers and car seats and assist with ordering and provide training

Examples of Treatment
  • Child and family centered care with parent involvement
  • Play based activities or exercise at age appropriate levels
  • Skilled support and hands on techniques to guide child to learn new skills or regain skills
  • Goal setting that is individualized and motivating to each child
  • Combine tasks to work on motor, balance and play skills
  • Help the child improve flexibility through stretching, relaxation
  • Help the child increase stability through strength and balance activities

Locations by city:




Maple Grove

Pine City




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