Information for Parents

 What is physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is a healthcare profession that promotes the health and wellbeing of all.

Physiotherapists are responsible for the assessment and physical rehabilitation 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 a range of skills as physiotherapists and have additional specialist knowledge and experience of child development and of childhood conditions.

What do paediatric physiotherapists 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.

Conditions treated

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:

  • Acute injuries e.g. Fractures, Sports Injuries
  • Burns and plastics
  • Childhood cancers
  • Congenital disorders e.g. Spina Bifida, Limb Deficiencies
  • Co-ordination difficulties
  • Developmental delay
  • Learning difficulties
  • Neonatal care
  • Neuromuscular disorders e.g. Muscular Dystrophy
  • Neurological conditions e.g. Cerebral Palsy, Head Injury, Spinal Cord Injury
  • Orthopaedic conditions e.g. Talipes, Torticollis, Plagiocephaly
  • Respiratory conditions e.g. Asthma, Cystic Fibrosis
  • Rheumatological conditions e.g. Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

Where do paediatric physiotherapists work?

Paediatric physiotherapists may work in NHS, independent, educational or charitable settings:

  • Children’s Centres
  • Child Development Centres
  • Child’s Home
  • Clinics
  • Hospices
  • Hospitals
  • Nurseries
  • Schools
  • Sports clubs and teams

Preventative Healthcare

Paediatric physiotherapists may also be involved with promoting health and wellbeing in children through:

  • Back care and posture advice
  • Activity and exercise programmes