All babies, children and young people are important. They each have their own unique personality and potential. They deserve the best possible care and nurture to support their health and development.
Physiotherapists who work with children are specialist practitioners who have the right skills and specific knowledge to deliver appropriate care and education to encourage family involvement.
What is physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is a healthcare profession that promotes the health and wellbeing of all.
Physiotherapists are responsible for the assessment and physical management of those needing treatment due to accident, injury, ageing, disease or disability.
What is paediatric physiotherapy?
Paediatric physiotherapy is the treatment and care of babies, children and young people from birth to 19 years.
Paediatric physiotherapists bring their specialist skills as physiotherapists and have additional expert knowledge and experience of child development and of childhood conditions.
What do paediatric physiotherapist's do?
Intervention is based upon an assessment of the child’s needs and the formation of an individual treatment programme.
Paediatric physiotherapists recognise the importance of working in partnership with the child, parents and carers to maximise a child’s physical abilities and independence.
Paediatric physiotherapists treat babies, children and young people with a wide range of conditions. Some are similar to those seen in adults and some are specific to children:
Choosing a Children's Physiotherapist
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The majority of children's physiotherapists work in the NHS. Your GP can advise you about local services and make a referral if appropriate.
Some parents choose to seek advice and treatment from an independent or private physiotherapist either instead of, or as well as, NHS care. If you are considering private physiotherapy please read Choosing a Private Children's Physiotherapist.