Jimmy Fund Clinics
Boston Children's Hospital works with the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to deliver comprehensive care to children with and survivors of all types of childhood cancers.
How can physical therapy help?
Often children undergoing treatment for cancer can experience a decrease in range of motion, strength, endurance, delayed milestones or problems with balance and limited mobility.
Our physical therapists work with patients to improve and restore the involved areas in order to enhance overall function.
How are physical therapy programs designed?
Physical therapists perform thorugh evaluations before establishing treatment programs. Treatment programs depend on the child's medical status and are always individualized to meet each child's specific needs.
Programs may include stretching exercises, light resistance exercises, balance exercises, aerobic activities, general conditioning, and developmental activities. Some exercises or activities may be limited or modified, depending on the child's medical status, especially their platelet count.
When is physical therapy available?
Physical therapists from Boston Children's Hospital work at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and are available at Dana-Farber's Jimmy Fund Clinic on a limited basis, depending on patient needs, Monday through Friday.
Physical therapists provide consultation in the clinic, as well as direct intervention when appropriate. When necessary, children can be referred for physical therapy at Boston Children's Hospital, or to facilities within the community.
Please speak with your child's doctor or nurse practitioner if you feel your child may benefit from physical therapy, and an appointment can be scheduled.
For additional information, call 617-355-7212.