Paediatric Physiotherapy

Dr. Amit Tagare

Paediatric Physiotherapy
  • It works with people of varying ages from premature babies to adolescents to ensure optimal physical function and development.
  • The aim is to provide a program that the patient will enjoy while encouraging them to participate and become independent.
  • physio also aim to minimise the effects of physical impairment to promote optimum function and musculoskeletal development.
  • Advice on activities and stretches offered by the physic can assist in maintains a full range of movement and prevention of contracture.
Paediatric physio assesses and treats infants and children range from following consideration:
  1. Cerebral palsy:- from mild hemiplegia to severe quadriplegia.
  2. Developmental delay:- due to hypotonic with or without diagnosis and may be gross motor or global.
  3. Down's and west syndromes
  4. Other genetic conditions
  5. Muscular dystrophy and spinal muscular atrophy.
  6. Brachial plexopathy
  7. Premature babies with dystonic.
  8. Postual problem :- torticollis, scolliosis, CTEV
  9. Respiratcy problem :- cystic fibrosis, pnumonia, asthma.
  10. Minimal cerebral dysfunction
  • The role of the pediatric physio is to assess the referred child and give parents and carers advice regarding handling, positioning, and treatment through exercise or play.
  • Physio works closely with families, carers, teachers, doctors and other health professionals.
  • The approach is holistic & practical with an emphasis on gross motor function & posture.
  • For better outcomes and most effective treatment results, early referral is the key i.e. before 8 months.
  • A range of treatment methods may be used such as neurodevelopmental therapy, motor learning, and hydrotherapy.
  • Physiotherapist help to maintain & develop functional skill level and range of movement in order to minimize joint contractors and postural deformities.
  • They also prescribe and monitor the use of aids such as orthotics, walking aids and wheelchairs to help maintain independence.
Treatment Approaches:
  • Each child is unique and presents with his or her own challenge and treatment.
  • Part of the assessment process is determining what type of treatment is best suited to your child's needs.
  • As pediatrics physio, we believe that itis important to have varied techniques and approaches to meet those needs.
Below are some examples of treatment approaches done :
  • Pediatric therapists
  • sometimes combinations of techniques may be the best way to help your child.
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