Paediatric Condition

Paediatric Condition

What is Paediatric Physiotherapy?

    Paediatric physiotherapists help children to achieve their optimal physical development.

    They have specialist knowledge in the movement, development and conditions that are likely to affect the baby and growing child and treat from 1-day-old babies to adolescents. Treatment may involve soft tissue massage, mobilisation, stretching, specific therapeutic exercises and posture education.

    Because Children are not small adults these therapists encourage children to move to the best of their abilities through play and age appropriate fun and instruction.

    Following an assessment, physiotherapy programmes are divised in collaboration with both the child/young person and their family/carer.

    Treatment is incorporated into simple everyday activities. Advice and training are provided so that the family can help and encourage the child to practice their physiotherapy programmes.

    We work with the child/young person, their family and Health and Educationsl colleagues to encourage each child to get the most out of their lives and fully develop their potential, from birth to the time they transition to adult services.

    Movement difficulties may be to a range of conditions, which may include but is not limited to:

    • Cerebral Palsy
    • Development delay
    • Developmental co-ordination disorder
    • Neuromuscular conditions
    • Acquired brain inzury
    • Down's syndrome

    Both qualified Physiotherapists (PTs) and Technical Instructors work within the service. Initial assessments are always carried out by a qualified PT. You may recieve further assessment and intervention by a PT or Technical Instructor depending on your need. All qualified PT's are registered with the Health and Care Professions council.

    What do paediatric physiotherapists do?

    Treatment is based upon an assessment of the child’s needs and the formation of an individualised approach to physical management to maximise physical potential.

    Paediatric physiotherapists recognise the importance of working in partnership with the child, parents and carers to maximise a child’s physical abilities and independence.

    Working with:

    • Parents and carer
    • Pediatrician
    • Teachers
    • School nurses
    • GPs
    • Social workers
    • Occupational Therapists
    • Speech and Language Therapists
    • Psychologists
    • Orthotists
    • Dietician

    Conditions Treated

    Paediatric physiotherapy covers a wide range of clinical practice and conditions – some are similar to those seen in adults and some are specific to children, for example:

    • Neuromuscular disorder e.g. Muscular dystrophy
    • Acute injuries e.g. fractures, sports injuries
    • Neurological conditions e.g. cerebral palsy, head injury
    • Respiratory conditions e.g. asthma, cystic fibrosis
    • Rheumatological conditions e.g. juvenile idiopathic arthritis
    • Congenital disorders e.g. spina bifida, limb deficiencies
    • Orthopaedic conditions e.g. talipes, torticollis, plagiocephaly
    • Learning difficulties
    • Congenital syndromes and metabolic diseases
    • Neonatal care
    • Developmental delay
    • Co-ordination difficulties
    • Conditions where mobility is affected
    • Burns and plastics

    Where do paediatric physiotherapists work?

    Paediatric physiotherapists may work in a variety of settings:

    • Child’s home
    • Schools
    • Nurseries
    • Clinics
    • Child Development Centres
    • Children’s Centres
    • Hospitals
    • Hospices

    Preventative Healthcare

    Paediatric physiotherapists may also be involved with promoting health and wellbeing in children through:

    • Back care and posture advice
    • Activity and exercise programmes


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