Amber-Jayne Stirling - Paediatric Physiotherapy





What type of conditions do Paediatric Physiotherapists treat?

Paediatric physiotherapists work with infants, children and adolescents with a variety of conditions or stages of their development.

Typically we see:

  • Infants – for developmental and handling advice and techniques for parents. We also help with settling techniques including massage, colic massage and relaxation bathing 
 
  • Babies and children with delay in their development

  • Children with postural and orthopaedic conditions including reduced joint movement due to muscle tightness or bone and joint disorders  
     
  • Children with general orthopaedic conditions such as,
        toe walking, bow legs, knock knees, flat feet, intoeing, scoliosis

  • Children with problems with strength and co-ordination

  • Childhood obesity where we provide fitness advice and exercise programs

  • Post trauma injury rehabilitation, such as fractures, sports injuries,
       post orthopaedic surgery       
      
  • Neurological conditions including cerebral palsy, brain injury and autism and other neuromuscular disorders

You should seek advice from a paediatric physiotherapist if you have concerns such as:
  
  • Your baby feels 'floppy' or 'stiff' with handling 
  • Your baby isn't tolerating 'tummy time' well by 4 months of age
  • Your baby has a flat spot on his / her head or prefers to look 
  •     to one side only 
  • Your baby was born prematurely (before 34 weeks gestation)
  • There is a difference between sides of the body
  • A delay is present in achieving physical milestones:  
                    not sitting by 9 months
                    not trying to stand up by 12 months
                    not walking by 18 months
  • Your child is bottom shuffling and you would like some further    advice
  • Your child has an unusual walk or foot posture
  • Clumsiness with running, jumping or ball skills
  • Aches or pains with activity or rest
  • To help with recovery after injury or surgery
  • Concerns regarding your child’s posture

Home based therapy is provided and treatment is often delivered more effectively in the home environment.
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