What is Paediatric Physiotherapy?
The Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists (APCP) give the following description:
"Paediatric physiotherapy is the treatment and care of babies, children and young people. Paediatric physiotherapists bring their specialist skills as physiotherapists and have additional expert knowledge and experience of child development and of childhood disabilities." (APCP, 2014)
Paediatric Physiotherapy treatments are based on individual assessments, where any issues around movement, strength or development can be identified by the therapist. Children are not just small adults, and their assessment must be tailored to their age, ability and personal goals. It should be fun and interactive, to encourage children to participate and maximise their outcomes from Physiotherapy.
Paediatric Physiotherapy works best when done in close partnership with the parents/caregivers, and other appropriate healthcare professionals involved in the child’s care.
Our paediatric physiotherapist is experienced in treating children with:
- Ex-prematurity (>24 weeks gestation at birth)
- Birth trauma
- Cerebral Palsy
- Poor head control
- Plagiocephaly (flattening of head)
- Congenital and metabolic conditions
- Down’s Syndrome
- Abnormal tone (low/high) or abnormal posturing/movements
- Developmental delay
- Gait assessment
- Post-fracture rehabilitation (e.g. wrist, ankle)
- Sprains/sports injuries
- Growth related joint and muscle pain
What to expect:
The initial consultation will last around 60 minutes. All children must be accompanied by an adult (parent/guardian/caregiver). It is useful to bring along any documentation, scans or test results linked to the presenting condition that you may already have.
A thorough assessment of the child will be completed. For babies, it is generally required that they are undressed to a vest during the assessment. For older children, particularly if presenting with leg or back pain, a loose top and shorts are advised.
Treatment may include manual therapy, exercises for strength, mobility or flexibility, advice for parents/caregivers, activities to help promote development and more.
Follow up treatment sessions vary from 30-60 minutes, dependent on therapeutic need. The follow up sessions will include reassessment, a review of any changes since the previous session, progression of treatment as required, and review of the goals set previously.