Prince’s Physical Therapy Success Story
My name is Rachel, and I am a SHBH Physical Therapist Assistant.
I would like to introduce you to Prince*. Prince was born extremely premature at 24 weeks and only weighing 2 pounds, 2 ounces. He spent the next 4 months of his life in the NICU and was diagnosed with hypotonia, anemia of prematurity, macroglossia, retinopathy of prematurity, sleep apnea, and an MRSA carrier.
Evaluation (Creating a Plan)
Sarah, a Physical Therapist with SHBH, evaluated Prince in March of 2019 when he was 15-months old, and initiated Physical Therapy services. At that time, Prince was only able to hold his head up. He could not sit on his own, roll, crawl, or stand up as would a “typical developing” 15-month old should. Sarah devised a plan of care specific to his needs, and we began Physical Therapy.
Therapy Begins (And incremental Improvements begin)
I began working with Prince in May of 2019, following Sarah’s specialized treatment plan. We started with maintaining positions like tummy time, sitting, and quadruped.
After a few months we progressed to transitioning into and out of positions; like rolling back and forth, tummy time into sitting, and sitting into quadruped.
After 3 months of therapy Prince was rolling by himself and sitting briefly on his own.
Another 5 months of therapy Prince was crawling, pulling to stand, and taking steps alongside the couch.
Four months later his siblings were able to help him walk as he was walking with only hand-held assist!
A few months later and at 2.5 years of age, Prince began walking on his own!
Conclusion (Therapy Success)
Now he is able to walk around his house, interact with his siblings, all the while increasing his quality of life because of SHBH therapy services!
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SHBH–Helping Every Angel Reach Therapeutic Success.
*The client’s name has been changed to protect their identity.