Mary Bridge Children's Hospital

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Pediatric Developmental Services

Physical Therapy

When a child needs help mastering movement or developmental skills, families turn to Physical Therapy Services at Mary Bridge for personalized care. Our highly experienced pediatric physical therapists use play and exercise to improve strength, coordination, balance and range of motion in children ages birth to 18 years.

Physical TherapyWe serve children with a variety of diagnoses, including but not limited to:
- Neuromuscular disorders (cerebral palsy, spina bifida, brain injury)

- Developmental delay and coordination disorders

- Genetic disorders (muscular dystrophy, Downs Syndrome )

- Orthopedic disorders (torticollis, brachial plexus injury, trauma, sports injuries)

Specialized Pediatric Services

Our services include evaluations, treatment planning, individual therapy, parent education and co-treatments with Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy. We work together with primary care providers, schools, community agencies and other providers to ensure the best outcomes for each child and family.

  • Neurodevelopmental therapy
  • Orthotic casting and management
  • Aquatic therapy
  • Equipment needs/wheelchair evaluations
  • Treatment of sports injuries   
  • Inpatient services at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital and Tacoma General NICU
  • Gait analysis
  • Spasticity Management
  • Consultation in Mary Bridge Clinics and Programs: Neurodevelopmental Program and Neonatal Follow-up Clinic

Aquatic Therapy

Using the therapeutic value of warm water combined with experienced therapists, aquatic therapy offers individual treatment designed to address a child’s specific needs by focusing on a child’s motor control, strength and flexibility. Aquatic therapy is located in our technically advanced SwimEx® therapy pool at the MultiCare Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Center in Tacoma.

Equipment Clinic

Mary Bridge Physical Therapy provides assessment and consultation for a child’s equipment needs that supports independence and participation in family, school and community activities, including power and manual wheelchairs, home equipment (such as bath chairs, walkers, etc.) and information on equipment resources such as medical equipment vendors.

Robert Cooper, MD, with MultiCare Pediatric Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, discusses spasticity and various treatment options.


For more information or a referral, call Mary Bridge Physical Therapy Services at 253-403-4437 or 800-552-1419 ext. 4437.