PAEDIATRIC PHYSIOTHERAPY

Paediatric Physiotherapy is the assessment and treatment of children age 0-18. A lot of the common complaints occur during the teenage years when there is rapid change in skeletal development and maturity. However I do also treat the very young as some conditions such as torticollis, plageocephaly and positional talipes occur in babies only a few weeks old. If your baby has been diagnosed with DDH (Development Dysplasia of the Hip) she/he will need to be treated at your local NHS hospital as they will require specific physiotherapy and consultant appointments.

 

Conditions treated

Under 5’s

  • Torticollis (when the baby’s head seems to be tilted to one side)

  • Plageocephaly (flattening of one side of the head)

  • Positional Talipes (baby’s feet pointing in or down)

  • Calcaneovalgus (baby’s feet pointing down or out)

  • Delayed development milestone eg rolling, sitting and walking

  • Concerns about walking eg on tip toes, on one tip toe, excessively bowed legs, limping)

Over 5’s

  • Hypermobility (excessively flexible, may complain of pain)

  • Concerns about walking pattern eg turning feet in, turning feet out, knocked knees,                   

  • CRPS (Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome)

  • Scoliosis or kyphosis (curve in spine)

  • Post operative orthopaedic physiotherapy eg after knee or ankle surgery

  • Growth related pain in feet and legs (Osgood Schlatters, Sever’s)

  • Anterior knee pain (pain at front of knee, common in teenagers)

  • Shoulder, neck or back pain

  • Sports injuries

  • Recurrent ankle sprains

 

The above list is not exhaustive so please do contact me if your child’s complaint is not listed or you have any other questions.

Examples of treatments offered:

  • Setting specific home exercises

  • Advice and education

  • Gentle manual therapy

  • Stretching

  • Postural re-education

  • Taping

  • Pilates based exercises

The frequency and number of follow up sessions will be arranged to suit your child’s needs.