PTP NOVA provides Pediatric Physical Therapy Evaluation and Treatment for infants and children with a wide variety of diagnoses and concerns. Our therapists are experienced and skilled at selecting evaluation and treatment techniques to individually address the needs of each infant and child that we see.
Chrissy Booher, MS, PT is the owner and lead therapist. She loves working with children of all ages, but is highly trained and especially skilled at assessing and treating the needs of infants using NDT and a variety of other treatment techniques. She has been working in pediatrics for over 13 years, and has been treating infants and children here in Northern Virginia for 9 years.
Pediatric Therapy Partners of Northern Virginia is conveniently located in the city of Alexandria, at 3345 Duke St, near the intersection of Quaker Lane. It is the Quaker Ln Professional Center, located between the fire station and Quaker Ln. Drive back to the last building and park in the lot.
A limited number of in-home and in-daycare appointments are available for existing clients as well as for infants and children of families residing in the cities of Alexandria and Arlington.
Some of the diagnoses we treat include:
- Hypotonia (low muscle tone)
- Delayed Gross Motor Skills
- Hypertonia (stiffness/ increased muscle tone)
- Cerebral Palsy
- Genetic Diagnoses (Down Syndrome, CHARGE Syndrome, etc)
- Spina Bifida
- Congenital and Idiopathic Toe Walking
- Developmental Delay
- Erb’s Palsy (Brachial Plexus Injury)
Is a condition that literally means “twisted neck. ” It is derived from the Latin terms Torta, meaning twisted and Collum, meaning neck. Torticollis is a common reason for an infant to be referred to a Pediatric Physical Therapist. Early referral and treatment by a Pediatric Physical Therapist is key to success in treating Torticollis.
Infants with Torticollis have a strong preference for looking toward one side. In addition, they may have a flat spot on the back of their head. Torticollis may be present from birth or may develop in the first few months after birth. Babies with Torticollis often struggle with Tummy Time and may have difficulty feeding to one side due to the tight muscle in their neck.
Torticollis can be caused by several different underlying conditions. The most common is Congenital Muscular Torticollis (from birth, caused by muscular tightness). Torticollis may also be caused by vision problems (Ocular Torticollis), by bony abnormalities in the spine, or by neurological balance problems (Benign Paroxysmal Torticollis).
Torticollis can be effectively treated with Physical Therapy, especially when treatment is initiated at an early age (3 mos or less). Babies should be referred to Physical Therapy for Evaluation as soon as parents notice tightness or a preference to looking toward one side with difficulty actively turning their head.
Developmental Delay is a “catch all” phrase to describe many different conditions that may cause an infant or toddler to have difficulty meeting Motor Milestones (sitting, crawling, pulling to stand or walking). Pediatricians follow your infant’s motor milestones at each well-baby visit. If you have concerns, or if your baby has a hard time lifting his or her head while on their belly, it is important to bring it to your pediatrician’s attention. Treatment from a Pediatric Physical Therapist can be extremely helpful in helping your child to overcome their individual challenges and progress in their development of Motor Milestones using normal movement patterns and to prevent other problems in the future.
Hypotonia (or low muscle tone) is a neurological condition. Normally, even when relaxed, muscles have a small amount of contraction or resistance that give them a springy feel and provide a small amount of resistance to passive movement. Low muscle tone is not the same thing as muscle weakness, although the two can co-exist.
Infants with Hypotonia may have difficulty with head control. Tummy time is often challenging, as they struggle to lift their head up for a sustained period of time. Motor Skills might be delayed, such as Tummy Time skills, rolling over, propping on forearms, sitting up, crawling and pulling to stand ).There are varying degrees of low tone and there are many causes for it. Parents of children with low tone often describe their children as feeling “floppy.” Treatment by a Pediatric Physical Therapist is essential to teaching you how to address your child’s motor and sensory needs – and to help promote normal movement patterns throughout development. We can teach you how to optimize your child’s strengths and work in small stages to overcome areas of difficulty.
Toe-Walking is an abnormal gait pattern that, if untreated, can cause joint contractures at the ankles and bony anomalies over time. There are many causes for Toe- Walking including Hypertonia (increased muscle tone), Sensory Processing Disorder, Hypotonia (low muscle tone), and Congenital (from birth) tightness of the heel cord, as well as others. Physical Therapy can help improve a child’s range of motion and strength and greatly improve their balance as well as their ability to walk. Therapy can also decrease the need for other, more invasive treatment techniques.