What we do
Paediatric physiotherapy is the treatment and care of babies, children and young people from birth to 19 years.Paediatric physiotherapists bring their specialist skills as physiotherapists and have additional expert knowledge and experience of child development and of childhood disabilities.
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.
Who is it for?
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 disorders e.g. muscular dystrophy
- Acute injuries e.g. fractures, sports injuries
- Neurological conditions e.g. cerebral palsy, head injury
- Respiratory conditions e.g. cystic fibrosis
- Rheumatological conditions e.g. juvenile idiopathic arthritis
- Congenital disorders e.g. spina bifida, limb deficiencies
- Orthopaedic conditions e.g. talipes, torticollis, plagiocephaly
- Congenital syndromes and metabolic diseases
- Neonatal care
- Developmental delay
- Co-ordination difficulties
- Conditions where mobility is affected
- Burns and Plastics
Can anyone use this service?
A referral is required from your consultant, GP, health visitor or another health professional seeing your child.
Monday – Friday 8.30-17.00
What to expect
As our service assesses and treats children it is essential that a person with parental responsibility for the child brings them so that informed consent can be given for assessment and treatment.
Depending on your child’s reason for referral we will take a history of the problem your child has been experiencing and decide on any appropriate assessments from the history.
Following assessment, we will then be able to plan the best physiotherapy programme to help your child. Your child will be seen as frequently as we think is necessary from the assessment.