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Physical THERAPY

Maximize children’s physical abilities and minimize their limitations

About Pediatric Physical Therapy 

Westside helps children maximize their physical abilities and minimize their physical limitations. Our physical therapists use one-on-one, hands-on therapy designed to help children who display delays or deficits in gross motor development, mobility, gait, strength, and posture, or those who display pain or injury.

The goal of our physical therapy is to achieve long-term results for our children that will sustain through adulthood. We never forget that a kid is a kid by ensuring therapy is fun, safe, and inviting. Our expectation: life-changing results.

Our physical therapy Specializations


Gait Training


Toe Walking


Torticollis (head tilt)




Balance Issues (i.e. “My kid seems clumsy”)


Strength and Endurance Activities


Electrical Stimulation




Serial Casting


Fine Motor Skill Development


Kinesio Taping


Myofascial Release


Orthotic Assessments and Training


Wheelchair Assessments and Adjustments


Growth-Related Pain


Post-traumatic Injury Rehabilitation


Sports Injury Recovery

What our Physical Therapy Looks Like



Pediatric Physical Therapy begins with an evaluation from a clinician. This evaluation informs you on the recommended frequency of appointments and the areas of concern therapy will address.



Physical Therapy sessions are 1-on-1 and take place in our clinics. Our clinics are designed to be kid-friendly (rockwalls, ball pits, jumping ledges, etc.), where kids have such a blast that they forget that they are in therapy. It is a refreshing change from a boring medical office.


Achieving Outcomes

Our therapists are overseen by Directors, who are highly respected, veteran therapists. Their job is to mentor therapists and ensure every child is achieving life-changing results.

Everything you need to know about Physical Therapy

Why is Westside considered the best provider?

There are many reasons from low staff turnover to having over 800+ pediatricians referring to us for services. Above all is our parents’ feedback.

Every parent is sent a survey at the beginning, middle, and end of their therapy services. It asks: “On a scale of 1-10, how likely are you to refer Westside to your friends and family.” Here is what parents say:

  • Average Beginning Score: 9.71/10
  • Average Middle Score: 9.83/10
  • Average End Score: 9.89/10

This is exactly why Westside is deemed the best.

What does Pediatric Physical Therapy cost?

While cost varies by insurance plan, number of therapy hours, and other factors, we still inform you on what you’ll expect to pay.

We have built a sophisticated cost calculator that looks at 19 factors that impact cost. When we run it, it shows you a week-by-week prediction of cost.

This estimate occurs after your evaluation once we know the frequency of therapy. All of you do is provide us with your insurance plan details, and we handle the rest.

Which insurances do you accept for physical therapy?
We work with a wide variety of insurance companies and HMO networks. We are always expanding our network – click here to view the list of our currently accepted insurances.
How long will my child be in physical therapy?

Graduating kids from physical therapy is our goal. It means that we did our job and that the child’s concerns have been addressed. We do everything we can to achieve progress as quick as possible. There is ongoing communication between the family and the therapist on the child’s progress. When it is agreed that the concerns have been fully addressed, it is time to graduate AND celebrate!

Which ages do you treat?

At Westside, we generally treat children 0-18 years old. Our physical therapists are trained to work to work with kids, toddlers, and teens.

Similarly aged children typically come to physical therapy at the same time frames, too. For example, many of the teens come after-school and socialize with each other in the PT gym.

How often will my child need physical therapy?

Most Physical Therapy treatment plans are 1-3 hours per week in-clinic, with 1 hour per week being the most common. 

Our therapists teach the parents and the child how to carry over the exercises at home. This complements the in-clinic treatment and leads to lasting change.

Physical Therapy Clinics

We offer in-clinic therapy not only because the research indicates strong clinical results but also because it fosters a community of support for our families.

We locate our Physical Therapy centers near you! We have 27 locations across the Chicagoland area, including clinics in Rockford and DeKalb.

If you take a look at our Physical Therapy centers, you will see why kids excitedly run through our doors when they arrive for therapy.  

Getting Started With Physical Therapy

If you are interested, submit an inquiry below. Our Patient Coordinator will call to help you determine a plan forward.  If you are still unsure, you can call us anytime at (815) 469-1500 for more information.