How can Paediatric Physiotherapy help your Child?
The job of a paediatric physiotherapist is to help children with neurological or developmental disorders attain the maximum possible physical independence, to avoid musculoskeletal deformity and, hence, to improve the overall quality of life. This may entail helping your child attain particular milestones such as rolling over, crawling and walking.
Treatment programs are customized, depending on the distinct needs of every child.
Paediatric conditions addressed by our physiotherapists include:
- Orthopedic screening for newborn such as head shape & hip assessment
- Movement disorders (also called dyskinesias): These are abnormal, repetitive uncontrolled movements such as tics, chorea/ballismus, myoclonus, dystonia, stereotypies, and tremor.
- Tone disorder (hyper tone or low tone): Newborn babies with poor muscle tone seem limp and floppy with their arms and legs hanging down. Later as they grow, there’s a delay in developmental milestones. Physiotherapy can help your child gain muscle tone and stay on track with development.
- Co-ordination problems: Clumsiness and poor motor skills
- Growth related conditions and developmental stages and milestones
Other conditions addressed by our physiotherapists:
- Talipes (club foot): It is a condition in which the newborn’s foot is rotated inwards and downwards. We help parents learn certain suitable stretches that can help correct the condition over time.
- In-toeing and Out-toeing: In-toeing (pigeon-toed) is the inward turning of the feet whereas out-toeing is the outward pointing of the feet while walking and running. For in-toeing, our physiotherapists usually recommend avoiding sitting in a W position but encouraging sitting with legs crossed.
- Torticollis: is a postural deformity evident shortly after birth that causes the head to tilt to one side due to tightening of the rope-like muscle pair running on both sides of the neck. Our trained physiotherapists will perform gentle stretches to help lengthen the tight muscle as well as teach you a few exercises on a regular basis to help strengthen your child’s neck muscles.
- Plagiocephaly: It is the flattening of one side of the skull and most often related to torticollis. Our physiotherapists assist with improving the range of movement in your child’s neck and educate you on positional treatment techniques.
- Scoliosis: Sideways binding of the spine
How successful is Pediatric Physiotherapy?
Successful rehabilitation varies with the condition of your child. The rehab of a paediatric patient is a joint team-family effort. While we strive to facilitate your child’s movement and development, for treatment to be successful — full cooperation and commitment from the family are also imperative.