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Paediatric Physiotherapy

What does a Paediatric Physiotherapist do?

Paediatric physiotherapists specialise in conditions affecting growing bodies, treating babies all the way through to teenagers. Child physiotherapists are committed to maximising the movement, development, gross motor performance and wellbeing of their patients. An important part of a paediatric physiotherapist’s role is monitoring  a child’s musculoskeletal alignment during growth and reviewing any concerns or questions a parent may have. 

Kids physiotherapy uses a range of techniques to help babies, children and adolescents to overcome challenges to their movement and development including hands on techniques, stretching and strengthening. Paediatric physiotherapists educate parents on handling, position and developmental activities to encourage their child’s gross motor skills. Education on movement and posture from a child physiotherapist can improve well being in children and teenagers.  

Paediatric physiotherapists play a big role in helping children to move and walk who are born with conditions such as Cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome and Spina bifida. We also help children to walk again who may have endured brain and spinal cord injuries or cancer treatment. Our Paediatric physiotherapists have the specialty skills to assist children with neurological, rheumatological and connective tissue disorders.

We work with families, and often other health professionals, in clinics, schools, homes and the community to empower children with a range of needs to reach their full potential. Our Paediatric physios enjoy helping babies, children, teenagers and their families tackle life’s many physical ups and downs!

Why would a Child need Physiotherapy?

Kids physiotherapy helps children who are born with conditions, develop conditions or experience injuries that affect movement and motor skills. 

Depending on the age of the child the need for physiotherapy can vary.

Babies & Toddlers Physiotherapy helps with

> Delay in achieving developmental milestones like rolling, sitting, crawling, walking, jumping, running
> Atypical movement patterns such as unusual crawling or walking
> Plagiocephaly (a flat or mishapen head)
> Torticollis (tightness in muscles in the neck)
> Concerns about lower limb position, posture, movement and gait

Children Physiotherapy helps with

> Reviewing lower limb alignment such as knock knees, in-toeing, flat feet
> Poor balance and coordination
> Delay in more advanced gross motor skills such as hopping, jumping, running
> Unusual movement patterns such as awkward running
> Growing pains
> Joint pains such as heel pain and knee pain
> Toe walking
> Hypermobile joints
> Sports injuries
> Rehabilitation after injury, fracture, dislocation or surgery
> Poor posture, body awareness and core stability
> Issues with continence

Teenagers Physiotherapy helps with

> Scoliosis
> Poor posture, body awareness and core stability
> Joint pain such as neck pain, knee pain and heel pain
> Sports injuries
> Rehabilitation after injury, fracture, dislocation or surgery
> Improving sports performance

Neurological Paediatric Physiotherapy

Neurological Paediatric Physiotherapy

Neurological paediatric physiotherapists have the specialty training and skills to help children with neurological conditions. These are conditions that children may be born with, acquire during growth or develop as a result of an injury or accident. Neurological conditions are varied and can affect the brain, nerves and/or spinal cord. Conditions that neurological paediatric physiotherapists help to treat include spina bifida, neuromuscular conditions, spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy, stroke and tumours.

Neurological paediatric physiotherapists have the specialty training and skills to help children with neurological conditions. These are conditions that children may be born with, acquire during growth or develop as a result of an injury or accident. 

Neurological conditions are varied and can affect the brain, nerves and/or spinal cord. Conditions that neurological paediatric physiotherapists help to treat include spina bifida, neuromuscular conditions, spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy, stroke and tumours.

Helping Children with learning Differences

Paediatric neuro physiotherapy can help children with learning differences to achieve gross motor milestones and to improve quality, control and confidence in movement. Strength, positioning and motor development programs developed by a specialist physiotherapist are an important part of early intervention programmes. Optimising the gait, posture, balance and coordination of children with learning differences helps increase participation and wellbeing.

When should you see a Paediatric Physiotherapist?

Doctors regularly refer to paediatric physiotherapists to review a child’s development or alignment or assist with recovery from pain or injury. Parents can bring their child directly to a paediatric physiotherapist without a referral. Parents concerned about their child’s development, alignment, movement or posture can bring their child to a paediatric physiotherapist for assessment or treatment.    

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