Pediatric Conditions Videos

Pediatric Aquatic Therapy

Children’s Hospital and Clinics of Saint Paul, MN champions the special health needs of children and their families. The outstanding aquatic therapy department, led by physical therapist Cindy Jarosch, is equipped with a HydroWorx pool; this technology is perfect for treating children of any height due to the pool’s zero depth access. Watch a general […]

Tactile Defensiveness

Helen is a little girl with Down syndrome who has tactile defensiveness and sensory processing issues. Julie Mortenson, an occupational therapist at Children’s Hospital in St. Paul, MN describes that Helen’s mouth, the palms of her hands, and the soles of her feet do not process tactile stimulation normally; even gentle contact causes her pain. […]

Popliteal Pterygium Syndrome

Seven-year-old Nick Nelson was born with popliteal pterygium syndrome. His legs are bound by an extensive web running from behind the knee down to the heel. His ability to locomote has been dramatically reduced by his legs’ lack of flexion and extension. In order to improve his quality of life, doctors plan to amputate his […]

Fibromyalgia

Physical Therapist Cindy Jarosch discusses the aquatic therapy of Amber, a young lady with fibromyalgia. This chronic condition causes her legs, upper neck, and hands to be very tight and stiff. Amber’s mother is also a fibromyalgia sufferer, and she found that her daily pain and stiffness has been most manageable while utilizing warm water […]

Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita

Six-year-old Anna suffers from arthrogryposis multiplex congenita. Her joints are different in structure from healthy joints due to multiple joint contractures which were present at birth. This condition is accompanied by increased muscle weakness. Physical therapist Lynn Grabe of Children’s Hospital in St. Paul, MN details Anna’s aquatic therapy journey. The child had ceased progressing […]

Fractured Tibia and Fibula

Physical therapist Lynn Grabe recounts the rehabilitation of Lauren, an excellent athlete who suffered a severe fracture of her left tibia and fibula in her very first field hockey game. Eight weeks in a cast left her leg muscles atrophied but she hoped to return to sport as quickly as possible for her spring soccer […]