What is Paediatric Physiotherapy?
Paediatric physiotherapy involves in-depth understanding of wide range of Paediatric health conditions leading to delay in motor development or deficits in function right from infancy to adolescence. A Paediatric physiotherapist has extensive knowledge of anatomy, physiology, biomechanics of human body and motor learning, integrating it with clinical reasoning. They assess, diagnose and treat various types of movement dysfunction to help children reach their maximal functional level of independence. We believe in providing family-centered care to our clients where we welcome open communication between therapist and family to understand each child’s unique needs.
How can a Paediatric Physiotherapist help your child?
A Paediatric Physiotherapist helps to enhance development of a child through:
- Positioning during daily routines and activities to promote and maintain good postural alignment which forms a base to facilitate motor development & function.
- Adapting toys for play to explore and enhance opportunities for motor learning as well as optimal musculoskeletal development.
- Expanding mobility options so that the child can interact more with his/her surroundings and learn.
- Using adaptive or assistive equipment effectively to promote independence and participation.
What to expect when starting your child in Paediatric Physiotherapy?
We work hand in hand with families, respecting individual client needs and expectations. Every child is unique and hence:
- The first step involves a detailed evaluation based on current evidence based practice, to identify strengths and areas of potential improvement.
- After the initial evaluation, an individually tailored treatment plan is established to achieve the appropriate goals set in collaboration with family members.
- An outcomes evaluation to ensure that the goals are being met and/or make changes to the intervention plan.
At Pure Child Health, structured play activities take the form of therapeutic exercises to accomplish the desired goals set during therapy, while engaging a child’s attention and motivation.
What are the treatment opportunities through Paediatric Physiotherapy?
We believe in holistic approach which addresses:
- Muscle and joint function
- Strength and endurance
- Cardiopulmonary status
- Posture and balance
- Oro-motor skills & feeding
- Fine motor skills
- Sensory & Neuromotor development
- Cognitive development
- Assessing the need for braces or orthotics and other durable medical equipment, such as standing frames and wheelchairs to facilitate independence and participation.
- Educating parents about their child’s specific condition and getting them actively involved in therapy and progressive home exercise programs to ensure sustenance of therapy.
What are the common medical conditions treated by a Paediatric Physiotherapist?
We incorporate many skilled intervention approaches to treat conditions such as:
- Cerebral palsy (CP)
- Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
- Developmental Co-ordination Disorder (DCD)
- Down Syndrome
- Rehabilitation of children and adolescents post sports injuries or surgeries.
- Developmental delays
- Genetic disorders and syndromes
- Congenital anomalies
- Orthopedic disabilities/injuries
- Cardio-Pulmonary rehabilitation in Paediatric conditions.
- Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis
- Birth defects such as Spina bifida, Hydrocephalus, etc.
- Acute trauma- Spinal cord injury
- Traumatic Brain injury
- Postural and gait deviations
- Neuro-muscular disorders: Muscular dystrophy, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, etc.
- Metabolic disorders in children leading to developmental delay, etc.