Waldo County General Hospital now has a pediatric physical therapist
Waldo County General Hospital’s Pediatric Occupational Therapy (OT) is now Pediatric OT and Physical Therapy (PT). It’s something Corissa Carter OTR/L, who oversees Pediatric OT and PT, has wanted since she started at Waldo County almost 3 years ago.
“It opens up so many doors for kids,” she says, adding that the hospitals with pediatric physical therapy within a reasonable driving distance all have waiting lists.
Pediatric physical therapists aren’t that easy to find and Carter had been looking for nearly a year when she found Steve Hoffman, who worked as a pediatric physical therapist in Ohio for more than 20 years. He had visited this area for vacation with his wife, a former journalist, on several occasions.
Hoffman, who started at Waldo County on Aug. 5, has already had 14 referrals and has already seen some good results. He works with children from infancy to 10 years of age.
The earlier he gets involved, the better the results will be, he says, explaining that treating conditions while a child is growing helps the child reach his or her potential. In fact, Hoffman has even worked with a number of premature infants and says they “respond quite well to physical therapy.”
When working with children, Hoffman prefers to work with the whole family. He says often an older sibling is most successful at getting the child to do his or her exercises.
Among the conditions that Hoffman treats in children are developmental delays, Cerebral Palsy, Down syndrome, Spina Bifida, Torticollis, toe-walking, prematurity, genetic disorders, orthopedic disorders and rare diseases. Hoffman can also assist with orthotics, wheelchairs and other adaptive equipment. One of the conditions he is seeing more of is Torticollis, which involves the head tilting to one side. Hoffman says it is “very treatable.”
Hoffman says he is looking forward to building up the pediatric program at Waldo County General Hospital. “It’s a great opportunity,” he says. “It’s fun to build a program.”
“I enjoy seeing my clients develop their functional mobility skills ranging from scooting and crawling to independence with a mobile stander or wheelchair to walking, running and jumping with their peers,” he says. Hoffman has experience in adapting donated wheelchairs and equipment for clients who need assistance and those awaiting funding for more permanent adaptive equipment.
Hoffman was also a long-time volunteer with Special Olympics in Ohio.