Kids/Teens

Treating Pediatric Dwarfism with Physical Therapy

Treating Pediatric Dwarfism with Physical Therapy

Seeing your children go through any type of medical procedure can be one of the most difficult experiences for a parent. But when both kids have to endure the same sets of surgeries and therapy sessions, it takes a dual toll on your family.

We were honored to have had the opportunity to work with an adorable set of brothers, Travis and Tyler, who have a condition called Multiple Epiphyseal Dysplasia, which the least common type of dwarfism. The condition prevents the bones, especially those in the limbs, from growing as long as they should.  A side effect of their condition led both boys to a series of corrective surgeries from a world renowned clinic in Florida, The Paley Advance Limb Lengthening Institute. Following their surgeries, they were wheelchair bound for a matter of weeks, with several movement restrictions. Both boys ultimately needed physical therapy to improve their range of motion, core strength, balance, and gait training in their legs.

Treating Pediatric Dwarfism with Physical Therapy

“Corey and Dana always took their time with Tyler and made him feel like he was their favorite patient. Corey made the treatment sessions fun and included our other son in the games and exercises. Tyler truly enjoyed coming to therapy, and even asked to go on the days that he didn’t have an appointment. I’m so glad we chose Northern!” – Travis & Tyler’s mother

Treating Pediatric Dwarfism with Physical TherapyThe boys brought so much energy and joy into our clinic and both had great attitudes after the long trips to Florida, the series of surgeries and the limitations they were faced with following the surgery. Working with the pediatric population is very different from working with adults. Attention spans and tolerance to therapy have to be taken into consideration so Corey combined therapy and play to make the boys’ time more enjoyable. He spent time working on range of motion, flexibility, and strengthening, then took time to play and let loose. At the end of the day, these two boys made our jobs so rewarding and enjoyable. Thank you to this family for choosing Northern and for letting us care for your two very special boys.

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Treating Pediatric Dwarfism with Physical Therapy

Northern Loves Babies!

Northern Loves Babies!

Our team is growing and we’re sure you’re going to love our new additions! Please help us welcome the newest Northern babies – they’re decked out in Northern gear, just in time for the holidays. We also have a few 2017 arrivals to look forward to. We love our growing family – don’t you just want to snuggle these little cuties right up?!

Northern Loves Babies!

At almost a year old, Aubrey loves playing with her puppies, and she’s so proud of her dad Dave who is a physical therapist in our Lowell and Cedar Springs clinics.

Northern Loves Babies!

Baby Jack loves to visit his dad David at our Grant clinic. Perhaps he’ll take after his dad’s footsteps and become a physical therapist one day.

Northern Loves Babies!

Ms. Lillian just turned a year old and she loves the new found freedom that comes with walking! Her favorite toys include her play kitchen, stuffed dog, and real dog Lucy. She’s excited for her mom Ashley, who joined our team as a physical therapist in our newest clinic in Lowell.

Northern Loves Babies!

Nola is just a year old and’s been walking for a month now, it could be because her mom is April, an awesome occupational therapist in our Coopersville clinic. Nola has two older brothers that she loves to chase around!

Northern Loves Babies!

Deacon is the son of our billing specialist Erin, who works out of our Grant clinic. He’s right around 5 months old and is one of the littlest Northern babies, weighing in at around 14 pounds. He likes jumping and watching his brother play.

Northern Loves Babies!

Our Fitness Director, Julie, was so proud to welcome her first grand baby this fall. Little Miss Blakely is just perfect, and you can bet grandma spoils her to pieces.

Northern Loves Babies!

Exciting news came this year for our Wayland physical therapist Matt and his wife Abby who are expecting their first baby in May, 2017. Congratulations to you both!

Northern Loves Babies!

Dana is our school physical therapist in Allendale and Coopersville. She and her husband are thrilled to be expecting their bundle of joy in 2017. So exciting and we wish the best of luck to them both!

 

We can’t wait to see the new additions that 2017 will bring to our Northern family. This holiday season will be wonderful for our families, especially those who have new blessings to celebrate!

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Summer Activities for Kids on WZZM’s My West Michigan

Summer Activities for Kids on WZZM’s My West Michigan

Summer break is right around the corner and the last thing you want is the hear the kids say is, “I’m bored!” This morning we got the chance to stop by the studios of WZZM’s My West Michigan to talk with Catherine Behrendt about beating the summer blahs and keeping kids active and injury-free all summer long!

Diana Painter and Gina Otterbein talk with Catherine Behrendt of WZZM Grand Rapids

We were excited to be able to share our summer kids programs, including Boot Camp, Handwriting Clinic, Swim Lessons, and RunCamp. We’re offering great discounts for RunCamp right now – sign up by July 1 you can save $20 with the early bird discount code RUN. Plus, groups of 5 or more can sign up for just $75 per student! Get details on all the current kids programs here.

Check out the entire segment below, and if you have any questions on kids injuries or summer programs, feel free to give us a call.

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Summer Activities for Kids on WZZM’s My West Michigan