Paediatric Physiotherapy – Physio for little humans

Paediatric physiotherapy primarily comprises of exercises and techniques that help aid in the physical development of an infant through to adolescence.

As a paediatric physiotherapist our main aim would be to ensure the achievement of the gross motor milestones and if not, then achieving the maximum out of a child to ensure independence and participation in their day to day lives through aids and equipment.

We know that nothing is more precious for a family then giving their little one the best chance at life despite their disabilities and as a paediatric physiotherapist we strive harder each day along with the family to give them that.

The conditions treated by a paediatric physiotherapist will often vary depending on the age of child attending treatment. Below is a list of common childhood conditions treated by a physiotherapist and the corresponding ages of treatment. It is important to remember that the cause of each of these conditions may vary and may therefore require different interventions.

Under 9 months of age

  • Positional Plagiocephaly (flattened spot on the back and side of the head)
  • Torticollis (Benign lump found in the neck)
  • Unusual foot posture
  • Delay in milestones e.g rolling, holding head up
  • Scoliosis
  • Developmental Hip Dysplasia (where the ball of the thigh bone doesn’t fit the socket of the pelvis)

9-17 months of age

  • Unable to crawl
  • Unable to walk
  • Walking on tiptoes
  • Turned in feet
  • Pigeon toes or knock knees
  • Juvenile Arthritis

17 months- 5 years of age

  • Delay in gross motor milestones (not keeping up with peers)
  • Musculoskeletal injuries
  • Toe walking
  • Juvenile Arthritis

5 years and older

  • Sporting injuries
  • Growth disorders (Severs Disease, Osgoodschlatters Syndrome)
  • Scoliosis
  • Poor gross motor abilities
  • Rehabilitation post orthopaedic surgery

Any treatment that a child receives from a physiotherapist will be unique to the age of the child and the condition being treated. Treatment for children less than 17 months of age will typically involve parental education regarding positioning and purposeful play, to encourage appropriate movement patterns. Older children may receive hands on treatment, taping and dry needling to encourage correct biomechanics and loading patterns. These treatments are provided in conjunction with a home exercise program to rectify muscle imbalances and restore joint range of motion.

The main purpose of paediatric physiotherapy is to assist children in overcoming physical difficulties interfering with their ability to function at home, school or on the sporting field. The best part of being a paediatric physiotherapist is the challenge that every child is different and unique. We know for sure that what works for one may be completely alien to the other especially the infants and the toddlers and hence, the treatment is more proactive and dynamic. It is a client tailored approach because every family walks in the clinic with similar yet such different goals. The fun part begins once the kid enters the teen years and can come up with such varied goals that challenge the physiotherapist on a day to day basis like being able to apply make up or being able to dance with a friend or being able to go to shop on their own to speak a few.

Our Physiotherapist Urvi Shelar is experienced in paediatric Physiotherapy. Click here to book an appointment or call us on 8555 4099.