What can a paediatric physiotherapist at Bodyfix Clinic treat?
Paediatric physiotherapists assess and treat children from birth to 18 years old with a variety of conditions and illnesses.
A paediatric physiotherapist at Bodyfix Clinic can help a child with:
Injuries of the musculoskeletal system – e.g. knee pains, ankle pains, back pains, sports injuries, sprains and strains etc.
Growth related pains – e.g. Osgood Schlatters Disease, Severs disease, Scoliosis and knock knees etc
Neuromuscular or neurological symptoms – e.g. Clumsy children, frequent falling, struggling to keep up with peers at school and hypermobility etc
Pre or Post orthopaedic surgery rehabilitation – e.g. fractures, arthroscopies and ACL reconstructions etc
Premature and full-term babies with delayed physical development – e.g. Plagiocephaly (head flattening), head turning preference, not reaching milestones of rolling, crawling, sitting, walking etc
What should I expect from a paediatric physiotherapy appointment?
An initial assessment(1hr) is always completed for all patients to fully understand and appreciate a child’s physiotherapy needs. This also helps the therapist and the child/family build a rapport and identify the aims and goals for treatment.
Paediatric physiotherapy is largely a ‘hands off treatment’ so fun activities and age appropriate toys are used to encourage required movements. This helps a child to acquire the skills they need to get better and also ensures both the child and parents can enjoy the session and relate to activities they can perform together at home. Treatment length/duration is dependent on the child’s age and condition and follow up sessions are often required to constantly re-assess the condition and to provide progressive home exercise programs.
As part of therapy input the physiotherapist will support parents to understand their child’s therapy needs and ensure they feel confident to address these issues at home. Physiotherapy may focus on muscle strengthening and stretching, balance exercises, posture advice, gait re-education, neurological rehabilitation or activities to include during play. A children’s physiotherapist can also give advice on the provision of specialist equipment.
Physiotherapy is part of a multi-disciplinary team of specialists that are available to assist a child’s recovery. If appropriate, it may be necessary to liaise and communicate with your GP or Paediatrician (with your consent) and often put you in touch with other appropriate specialists. This helps to ensure the best care and attention is provided for your child and their recovery with us at Bodyfix Clinic.