What is it?
Restoring or improving movement and function after an injury, or due to illness or disability is vital for your child’s growth and development.
Paediatric physiotherapists care for babies and children with a range of conditions affecting their physical development, mobility and ability to participate in life’s everyday activities.
Who do we help?
Children are constantly developing and growing, and it’s important they meet their developmental milestones.
Many babies and children experience difficulties in their physical movement due to trauma, birth disorders, illness, disability and developmental delays. That’s where a paediatric physiotherapist can help.
The independent paediatric physiotherapists working from our rooms help children with a range of issues including:
- recovery from trauma and surgical procedures
- posture, coordination, balance and general motor skills
- bone, joint and muscle disorders such as plagiocephaly (flat head), hip dysplasia, clubfoot and toe walking
- neurological problems, disabilities, genetic disorders and birth defects such as cerebral palsy and spina bifida
- musculoskeletal and sports injuries
- orthopaedic disabilities
- developmental delays, for example babies that are late to sit, crawl or walk
- heart and lung conditions.
What do we do?
Your child’s physiotherapist will assess your child and develop a treatment plan to suit your child and your family. Treatment plans focus on making small changes to your everyday routine, so it’s easy to implement, becoming second nature, rather than a strict set of exercises.
The physiotherapist will:
- use a range of physical activities to assess your child’s ability. This varies depending on the issue but can involve palpation (touching the painful area to check for things like swelling and inflammation), range of motion in joints, muscle testing, neurological screening and spinal assessments
- have in-depth conversations with you and your child (if they are able) to understand the issues they are experiencing
- develop a treatment plan to suit your child and your family that includes goals, timeframes and milestones
- measure progress and adjust treatment plans as your child grows and improves.