Paediatric physiotherapy offers specialised care for children aged from newborn to the young adult. They have an expert understanding of child development and how this relates to neurological, cardio-respiratory and musculoskeletal health. Paediatric physiotherapists work to improve children’s motor development, strength, range of motion, endurance, balance, and co-ordination. As the body undergoes rapid changes to both the musculoskeletal and nervous systems during these growth years, it is important that each child is treated with an individual approach appropriate to their stage of development. This is vastly different from the type of care delivered to adults.
Physiotherapy is a clinical health science and profession that aims to rehabilitate and improve a person’s ability to move and function.
Physiotherapists utilise their expertise in anatomy and physiology to assess and treat people with a variety of health conditions.
They use objective assessments to develop an evidence-based treatment programme tailored to individual clients.
Paediatric Physiotherapists assess each child individually and develop programmes with a focus on the child and their family. They provide treatment, management and education to enhance the health and wellbeing of children and maximise their participation in everyday activities.
At Revive, we are lucky to have Laura who is trained in paediatric physiotherapy. We offer a range of services for children of all ages, including:
For babies/early years
- Plagiocephaly (flattening of the head)
- Torticollis (neck stiffness)
- Issues of the hips and feet (hip dysplasia and positional talipes)
- Delayed motor milestones and developmental delay
- Toe walking
- Issues with breastfeeding and latching
- Issues with alignment of the hip, knee and foot (such as in-toeing, knock knees, flat feet)
- Issues with co-ordination, clumsiness or falls
- Toe walking
- Postural variations (such as scoliosis)
- Sports injuries and musculoskeletal pain (such as Severs’ Disease, Osgood-Schlatter’s, etc)
For all ages
- Rehabilitation after orthopaedic surgery (including corrective surgery for the spine and lower limb)
- Acquired Brain Injury (including traumatic brain injuries, stroke, etc)
Diagnosed conditions and disabilities, including but not limited to:
- Cerebral Palsy
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Down’s Syndrome
- Neuromuscular diseases
- Genetic disorders (such as Prader-Willi Syndrome)
What does a typical consultation involve?
During your initial consultation, Laura will conduct a thorough interview of the child (if age appropriate) and/or their family and then use a physical examination to determine the cause of the child’s movement difficulties. Goals will then be developed in consultation with the child and their family, before a specific treatment plan is created depending on the child’s condition.
In follow up appointments, we will spend time working towards these goals, usually through play. You may also be given some exercises and games to work on at home to assist your child in working towards their goals and managing their condition.
For children with greater care needs, we take a collaborative approach and will work with other members of your child’s health care team to ensure everyone is working towards a common goal.
If you would like more specific information relating to your child’s needs, don’t hesitate to get in contact with us here at Revive, and be sure to check out our website for past blogs on common paediatric conditions, such as: