BRISBANE PAEDIATRIC PHYSIO SERVICES
Paediatric physiotherapy is a sub-speciality of physiotherapy which focuses on helping children and young adults with developmental delays and movement disorders.
Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT DOES A CHILD PHYSIOTHERAPIST DO?
A child physiotherapist is an expert in assessing, identifying and treating various conditions related to the development and movement of a growing child.
We collaborate with the child, the family, other allied health professionals and sometimes even teachers to formulate a suitable and personalised paediatric physiotherapy treatment plan that optimises the health and development of your child.
An appropriate paediatric physio treatment will enable your child to participate in and enjoy the many essential activities of a child’s daily life such as playing, learning, going to school, and being part of the family and community.
WHAT COMMON CONCERNS CAN BENEFIT FROM PAEDIATRIC PHYSIOTHERAPY?
There are various conditions which these common issues can be caused by. There are many movement disorders that can affect the development of the growing child and their severity can also vary greatly. Some of the most common ones include:
- Babies and children who are experiencing delay or unusual patterns in achieving motor milestones such as sitting, crawling, or walking.
- Children experiencing motor difficulties in more advanced skills such as jumping and hopping or coordination.
- Children with disabilities such as Down Syndrome, Brain Injuries, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Muscular Dystrophies or other congenital conditions.
- Babies and children with musculoskeletal conditions (affecting their bones, joints and muscles). Some include Plagiocephaly (flattened head shape), Club Foot, Flat Feet, Excessive hypermobility (flexibility), Dislocating joints (Most common are Kneecap and Shoulder), Ehler’s Danlos Syndrome, Sever’s disease.
- Children with rheumatological diseases such as Arthritis, Myositis or chronic joint pain.
- Children who have experienced injury or a musculoskeletal trauma.
Other common conditions that we see include:
- Developmental delay
- Spina Bifida
- Genetic Disorders
- Developmental Co-ordination Disorder
- Motor Delays related to sensory disorders
- De-conditioning from prolonged illness or hospitalization
- General orthopaedic conditions
- Plagiocephaly (flattened head shape)
Do you know whether your child is experiencing any delay in achieving their motor milestones? Keep reading to see what your child should be able to do by what age!
These are the average ages that your child should be accomplishing the key motor tasks in early development.
- Rolling – 4-6 months
- Reaching – 4-6 months
- Sitting – 6-8 months
- Crawling – 8-10 months
- Supported standing – 8-10 months
- Walking – 12-14 months
COMMON UNUSUAL MOVEMENT PATTERNS THAT CAN OCCUR DURING A CHILD’S EARLY DEVELOPMENTAL PERIOD
This occurs when a baby is either unable or uncomfortable with crawling and rather uses their hands and feet to shuffle their bottom to get around. This usually occurs around 9 months.
W-sitting is the position in which children sit with knees bent, feet tucked under, bottom resting on the floor between their legs, and legs out to either side.
WHAT DOES THE PAEDIATRIC PHYSIOTHERAPY TREATMENT CONSIST OF?
A paediatric physio treatment will vary on a case-by-case basis; however, the most common modalities of treatment will include education on your child’s presentation and how they can improve, providing tailored exercises and specific activities that will be aimed at improving a certain specific skill, direct, hands-on child physiotherapy, and if required, prescription of equipment and aids that will support your child’s development if required.
Sometimes, referral to other allied health professionals may be required if appropriate.
Research shows that early intervention can improve outcomes for children experiencing developmental and movement difficulties. If you are concerned about your baby or child’s development or if you require more information, please do not hesitate to contact us. A doctor’s referral is not necessary to come see us.