Paediatric physiotherapy is the treatment for children who need to improve their motor performance, range of motion and strength, co-ordination and postural control and quality of movement.
Our aim is to provide a high quality physiotherapy service as part of a multidisciplinary team to meet the needs of children. Our physiotherapist carries out a thorough neuro-developmental assessment on the patient and prescribes him/her with any exercises required to help facilitate his/her development.
Children may need physiotherapy if they exhibit delayed motor development, have neurological conditions such as spina bifida, cerebral palsy or other brain injuries or have orthopedic conditions such as club feet, amputations, torticollis or plagiocephaly. They may need it for a degenerative disease such as Muscular Dystrophy or for one of many other medical syndromes. Physiotherapy can be also used for post-fracture or post-surgical rehabilitation.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Pediatric Physiotherapy?
Pediatric Physiotherapy at OHC aims to provide meaningful therapy for children who present with problems of movement related to neurological, developmental or orthopedic issues and who need help to reach their full potential.
What conditions does OHC treat?
- Global Development Delay
- Down's Syndrome
- Developmental screenings for at-risk, prematurely born infants
- Torticollis and Plagiocephaly
- Cerebral palsy
- Erb’s palsy
- Club foot
- Brain injury, e.g. post-road traffic accident, post-stroke, encephalitis
- Spina bifida
- Postural kyphosis, Scheuermann disease
- Perthes disease
- Osgood-Schlatter disease
- Sever’s disease
How is physiotherapy treatment provided?
Our physiotherapist at OHC will carry out a complex assessment on the child to establish the level and frequency of therapy intervention needed, if not recommended otherwise by referring physician. Should he identify any delay or functional impairments as a result of child’s condition, the physiotherapist will establish a physiotherapy plan. He will work closely with the parents and they will carry out the treatment together at OHC and at home. Therapy program recommended is intended to facilitate normal movement patterns, to minimize movement dysfunctions, to prevent or decrease muscle tightness, facilitate muscle strength, reduce severity of deformities and to improve postural control. Home exercise program is created in collaboration with the physiotherapist in order to intensify treatment process. Currently, our therapist is trained in Vojta Reflex Locomotion Therapy, NDT-Bobath (Neuro-Developmental therapy), Prechtl’s method of qualitative assessment of general movements and hydrotherapy. However, treatment may also comprise elements of Klapp’s or Schroth’s method and PNF if required by medical condition.
Why is it important to start early?
Early intervention with problems occurring in children significantly reduces the probability of major intervention being necessary in the future. In many cases, our physiotherapist treats children who are born prematurely, children with significantly low birth weights and related neurological conditions. The rule is very simple: the earlier start, the better results.