Aimed to help kids and young adults, Arizona’s first sports medicine physical therapy clinics have opened in metro Phoenix.
Located in north Phoenix, and Gilbert, both of Phoenix Children Hospital’s sites feature colorful walls, fun patterned floors and professional-grade equipment.
Staff members from Phoenix Children’s Center for Pediatric Orthopedics provide sports medicine and clinical oversight while physical therapists manage care.
“The Phoenix Children’s Hospital family-centered approach to care is an important aspect,” that sets the clinics apart from others, said Matt Fryberger, manager of rehab services for the hospital. “The therapists are hired with the intent that they are working primarily with kids. … Parents know that when they come here the social environment is going to be appropriate for kids.”
Through the use of the clinics, patients are provided with access to anti-gravity treadmills and services that had previously only been available to elite or professional athletes, such as kinesio taping.
Any child or young adult with a sports-related injury can receive a referral from his or her doctor to receive treatment at the facilities.