A child is not a small adult but a developing human being. Many conditions treated by a paediatric physiotherapist are similar to adult conditions. However there are certain conditions that are peculiar only to children. Some are present since birth and others only come to light as the child grows.
At the initial physiotherapy session a thorough assessment is carried out and an individual treatment plan is drawn up. Paediatric physiotherapy is comprehensive in nature, treating the whole child not just the body in isolation. This is discussed with the parent / parents as enthusiastic parental involvement at home is essential for optimal progress for their child.
Early intervention is important and treatment is progressed as tolerated. A variety of conditions can be successfully managed with physiotherapy and these include: