All children develop and grow and their own rates. Current research gives a range where typically developing children achieve their gross motor milestones. But when the baby books and Pediatricians tell you that your baby will probably be walking independently somewhere between 10-15 months, with some children even walking at 18 months and still falling […]
About Andrea Ragsdale PT, DPT
Andrea is a dedicated physical therapist who is passionate about working with young children. She has a diverse professional background, having worked as a school physical therapist and also in clinical practice. Andrea has extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of physical disabilities and is excited to help her patients reach their unique developmental goals.
Andrea obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Notre Dame and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California. She is licensed in the State of Illinois and is also accredited in Early Intervention.
In her spare time, Andrea coaches youth sports. As a former athlete, she understands the social, physical, and emotional influence of sports in a child’s life. She is very passionate about injury prevention and is currently developing a soccer program that combines her coaching experience with current research that aims to decrease the frequency of ACL tears and other sports-related injuries.
Entries by Andrea Ragsdale PT, DPT
As a pediatric physical therapist, I often prescribe home exercises for my patients. When parents follow through with these exercises on a regular basis, the potential benefits exponentially increase. The problem arises when a child begins to view these exercises as a chore and parents receive push-back. Here are a couple of tricks I’ve learned […]
I recently read an article posted on parents.com about baby development that touted the benefits of exersaucers and Jonny Jumps. Let me put an end to that notion right now. While I understand the necessity of such devices for small periods of time (meal preps and bathroom breaks can be near impossible without them), these […]
When living in the city, maximizing what space you have and minimizing purchasing frivolous things is the difference between living in a cluttered mess and having an organized abode. Throw a new baby into the mix and their accompanying lists of “must-haves,” your home can easily change into a cluttered nightmare! To avoid this as […]
Celebrities make getting back into pre-baby shape look so easy! I’m sure you could too with your own team of nutritionist, nannies, personal trainers, and seamlessly infinite amounts of free time. Unfortunately, this is not the way of life for most people and those new moms who are looking to get in shape must utilize […]
Genu Varum, or bowleg, is defined as an outward bowing of the knee in relation to the thigh. This results in one or both of the knees being more lateral than the hips and ankles. A parent may first notice this abnormal posturing at birth or when the child begins walking. This can be a […]
This past month, the 2014 MLB season came to a close with the wild card San Francisco Giants winning the World Series against the Kansas City Royals. The season was exciting, filled with historic pitching feats. The most memorable moment of MLB 2014, however, was Derek Jeter’s farewell tour. Derek Jeter, legendary shortstop for the […]
In a push to help their children become the best – insert sport here – player, many parents are quick to sign them up for year round travel teams and private training sessions. The question is, what is the best age to begin this specialization and professionalization of sport? If we were to ask world-renowned […]
What is a concussion? A concussion is a type of brain injury that can occur from a blow to the head, a blow to the body that causes a jerking motion of the head and brain, or fall resulting head impact. A concussion is a serious event requiring medical attention. Signs and symptoms of a […]
Winter is upon us and with it comes a new sports season. As your children prepare for the start of a new season, help ensure them a season without injury. According to Campbell 2006, “Children need proper physiologic conditioning, strength and flexibility to participate safely in an organized or recreational athletic endeavor” (p 519). So […]