After the evaluation, the physical therapist will develop a treatment plan. This may include:
- Positioning programs
- Gross motor activities
- Functional activities, including transfers and ambulation
- Stretching exercises
- Strengthening exercises
The physical therapist may also suggest and help the family get needed equipment. Family education and training is a priority. Therapist work with the family to help them feel confident in helping their child.
As the child gets closer to discharge, the therapists will provide a home program. They may also recommend ongoing PT in the home or an outpatient center. For a child with a cardiac condition it is a good idea to have rechecks with PT as the child grows. This helps to make sure they can move well enough to play and participate at school and home.