Pediatric Physiotherapy

What is Pediatric Physiotherapy?

Pediatric physiotherapy enables children (Infants up until the age of 19) to reach their optimal physical development. Children are very different from adults in behaviors, thinking, emotions and feeling, physical characteristics, demand and needs. The way they interact with their environment and their experience can affect their development.

Pediatric physiotherapists are trained in addressing functional impairment including developmental delay, neuromotor and/ or neuromotor problems in Babies’ and young children’s along with conditions that may affect the growth. The treatment plans are designed to maximize each child’s health, well-being, and growth, so they can play, learn, attend school, and be a part of a family and community.

Physiotherapy (PT) aids in the growth, recovery, and enhancement of movement abilities and performance. Physiotherapists work on gross motor skills, including sitting, standing, and walking as well as increased flexibility, strength, and endurance. In every situation, the physiotherapist leads the patient through a personalized program to take care of their top priorities.

Conditions treated by Pediatric Physiotherapy

Many pediatric illnesses and disorders can impair motor function and create movement dysfunction. Pediatric physical therapy can aid in their treatment and recovery. Among the prevalent disorders are:

  • Neuromuscular disorders e.g., muscular dystrophy
  • Acute injuries e.g., fractures, sports injuries
  • Neurological conditions e.g., cerebral palsy, head injury
  • Respiratory conditions e.g., asthma, cystic fibrosis
  • Rheumatological conditions e.g., juvenile idiopathic arthritis
  • Co-ordination difficulties
  • Conditions where mobility is affected
  • Congenital disorders e.g. spina bifida, limb deficiencies
  • Orthopedic conditions e.g. talipes, torticollis, plagiocephaly
  • Learning difficulties
  • Congenital syndromes and metabolic diseases
  • Neonatal care
  • Developmental delay

Pediatric Program

Pediatric physiotherapy programs play a crucial role in supporting the healthy development and well-being of children. Find out more about our pediatric physiotherapy program.

Benefits of Pediatric Physiotherapy

Paediatric Physiotherapy has proven to very extremely benefical is numerous cases among children and infants’. Some of the benefits can be found below:

  • Helps Improve posture and integrates reflexes
  • Enables easier movement through training
  • Improves gross motor skills and functional mobility
  • Improves muscle tone, muscle balance and muscle strength
  • Enhances range of motion, balance, and coordination
  • Improves gait/gait training
  • Helps with respiratory difficulties
  • Helps with learning difficulties

Pediatric Physiotherapy service at RCP Health

Pediatric physical therapists are trained to diagnose and treat a child with various pediatric issues. The therapist can help the child gain strength and range of motion to enable fluid movement and function.

The treatment is based on number of hands-on techniques, therapeutic exercises and interventions, joint mobilization and manipulation that enhances flexibility, rectify posture, maintain balance, better sensory processing, enhance skills, and better coordination. The sessions involve enjoyable, age-appropriate pediatric physiotherapy exercises and activities to keep kids happy and motivated.

Physiotherapists collaborate closely with families, educators, physicians, caregivers, and other medical specialists to ensure a well-rounded development. The Physiotherapists work as a part of a larger team to treat children holistically and support them before and after surgery for better recovery.

In addition to working on balance and coordination, muscular strength, gait training, stretching, maintaining joint range of motion, prescription orthotics, using specialized equipment, and completing a standardized outcome measure (Peabody Developmental Motor Scale, GMFM, BOT, MRC), a treatment session can also involve other activities.

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How outcome is measured at RCP Health

For children between ages 3-16 years, Manual Dexterity, Balance and Aiming and Catching are measured using the MABC-2 assessment. Children scoring low on the MABC-2 are considered to have motor difficulties and are considered for an more accurate diagnosis of DCD.

Additionally, we use at least one standardized assessment of motor development while evaluating a child for DCD; Other options for assessment of motor coordination include The Bruininks-Oserestsky Test of Motor Proficiency, for children ages 4-21 years old and the TGMD-2 [Test for Gross Motor Development for children ages 3-10.

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