At APPI Physiotherapy we are delighted to have many specialists in various areas. We believe our Paediatric Physio's are the best there is and we would be delighted to show you just what a difference a specialist can make for your child.
What is Paediatric Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapists who work with children are specialist practitioners who have the specific knowledge of child development and child related disorders as well as expertise in precise assessment to deliver appropriate care and education to children and their families.
Advantages of Paediatric Physiotherapy
All babies, children and young people are important. They each have their own unique personality and potential. They deserve the best possible care and nurture to support their health and development.
Each child has their own individual strengths and abilities and as they grow from a baby through into their teenage years they may encounter certain paediatric conditions and difficulties that specialist paediatric physiotherapy can help with.
Each child is affected differently, and physiotherapy treatments need to be individually tailored and specifically focused to your child’s abilities and needs. Children learn best through play, which needs to be incorporated into therapy activities with graded challenge and fun!
Common Paediatric Conditions that Paediatric Physiotherapy Can Help With Babies
Plagiocephaly – a term used to describe the back or side of a baby’s head appearing flattened.
Torticollis – a condition causing tightening of the muscles on one side of the neck.
Positional Talipes – a foot condition where baby has an altered foot posture from birth.
Common Paediatric Conditions that Paediatric Physiotherapy can help with Children and Adolescents
Developmental Delay – children and toddlers can achieve developmental milestones with varying timescales for a multitude of reasons. Physiotherapy can help identify causes as well as facilitate a child and their family with the child’s gross motor skills.
In-toeing and Out-toeing – where a child walks or runs, with their feet turning inwards or outwards. This can affect function.
Flat Feet – a lack of arch in the foot can be very common in children. It is often part of growth but can cause issues for some children.
Toe-walking – children walk on their toes for a variety of reasons. Identifying this is the first step to resolving the problem with your physio.
Repetitive injuries and Joint Pain
Osgood Schlatters – a painful condition that affects the knee and often causes swelling just below the knee. It most commonly occurs in teenagers who play lots of sport. It often happens during rapid growth spurts.
Severs – is a common overuse injury in children with pain in the back of the heel. Again this especially occurs in physically active children who play lots of sport. It usually occurs during adolescence growth spurts, but symptoms can be alleviated with physiotherapy.
Scoliosis – Scoliosis is the abnormal curvature and twisting of the spine. Typical signs include a visibly curved spine, one shoulder being higher or more prominent than the other, clothes not hanging properly, a prominent ribcage, a difference in leg lengths and back pain.
View the video below for an overview of APPI Hampstead's Paediatric Physiotherapy services.
You can also download our Paediatric Physiotherapy Patient Info Sheet here!