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What to Expect at Your Child's Initial Appointment

Upon discovering that we work with children, many people express surprise and struggle to envision what a typical session entails. Similar to our approach with adult patients, the initial step is engaging in a conversation with both the parent and the child to understand their challenges. Following this dialogue, the therapist will provide education to both you
and your child regarding their anatomy, the issues affecting their bladder or bowels, and the potential reasons behind the problem.

We strongly believe in empowering children through education. Often, children display curiosity and interest, especially if the issue has persisted over an extended period. At Magic City Physical Therapy, we employ various tools such as educational storybooks, anatomy dolls, balloons, and toys to make the learning experience enjoyable and engaging! It’s important to note that there are absolutely no internal vaginal or rectal exams conducted by physical therapists in the pediatric population.

Once the therapist, parent/guardian, and child are on the same page, the therapist will perform a musculoskeletal exam, which may include:

  • Pelvic floor muscle activation and/or relaxation
  • Biofeedback
  • Behavioral and diet modification
  • Bladder retraining schedule
  • Myofascial release
  • Home exercise program

After the initial evaluation is completed, your therapist will develop an individualized
treatment plan. Treatments are modified based on each child’s unique needs and goals.

This plan of care may include any or all of the following:

  • Posture exam
  • Breathing assessment
  • Movement screen
  • Abdominal wall assessment
  • General range of motion & strength exam
  • External pelvic floor muscle exam

How long will my child need therapy?

Total length of treatment varies from child to child, and will be determined between you and your therapist based on your child’s needs, challenges, and progress. Typical treatment sessions occur every 1-2 weeks. Follow up visits are 60 minutes. In person and virtual sessions available.

Dr. Erica Mitchell

Meet the Therapist

Dr. Erica Mitchell, PT, DPT, has been treating Pelvic Floor Dysfunction in adults for many years.

She has completed additional extensive training in the treatment of Pediatric Pelvic Floor Dysunction.