What is Paediatric Physiotherapy?
Children are not just little adults. Paediatric physiotherapists are specially trained to provide therapeutic intervention within the context of the developing child. They have an expert understanding of child development and how this relates to neurological, cardio-respiratory and musculoskeletal health. They have a broad skill base with which to assess and treat the diverse needs of your child. Such needs may include:
- musculoskeletal posture, movement, strength and endurance
- gross and fine motor skills
- sensory issues
- balance and co-ordination
- play based learning skills
- functional activities of daily living
- adapted or specialised equipment
- motivation and emotional support
Your child’s treatment goals and outcomes are discussed with you, the family. Your important role in the treatment circle of care will be developed through education and hands-on instruction by your therapist. Older children are encouraged to be part of the treatment process where appropriate. Our therapists strive to develop a program which addresses your child’s varied needs and also welcomes the opportunity to integrate goals and strategies of other professionals who may be working with your child.
Our areas of expertise include:
- paediatric musculoskeletal issues such as anterior knee pain and sporting injuries, Osgood Schlatter’s and Sever’s Disease
- postural concerns
- persistent pain, complex regional pain syndrome and headaches haemophilia
- juvenile idiopathic arthritis, dermatomyositis
- developmental concerns such as flat feet, knock knees
- developmental delay
- balance and coordination issues
- plagiocephaly (asymmetrical head shape) and torticollis/wry neck
- children and adolescents requiring rehabilitation following trauma, fractures and surgery
- idiopathic toe walking
- neurological issues including cerebral palsy and muscle weakness disorders.
- strength training, fitness and weight management.
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