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By the time Linda Cook took her 10-month-old son Evan to his 4-month check-up, she was convinced he had scoliosis. Evan was having trouble breathing, he was losing strength and range of motion, and he had a noticeable hump around his ribs. Tests confirmed that Linda was right.

Infantile scoliosis is a rare condition.  Linda immediately pursued physical therapy for Evan – knowing it couldn't cure her son's scoliosis but could improve his strength and flexibility.

In this episode, Linda discusses what it's like to be part of her son's physical therapy team and the big gains her little patient is making. Evan's physical therapist Sarah Goncalves, PT, DPT, joins her to discuss the complexities of Evan's specific condition and how pediatric physical therapy works.

Learn more about pediatric physical therapy and infantile scoliosis .

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Linda Cook, PTA, is a physical therapist assistant and a mother of two.  Her son Evan was diagnosed with infantile scoliosis at 4 months of age. Currently staying at home with Evan to oversee and manage his treatment, Linda believes that pediatric physical therapy and Mehta casting has made significant improvement in her son's condition.

Sarah Goncalves, PT, DPT, is the director of pediatric therapy at ATI Physical Therapy in Rochester Hills, Michigan. She graduated in 2011 with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Medical University of South Carolina with a special interest in pediatrics. She has had extensive training in pediatric conditions such as torticollis, Cerebral Palsy, childhood orthopedic and neurologic disorders.

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