Pediatric physiotherapy

Pediatric physiotherapists work with people of varying ages from premature infants to adolescents to ensure optimal physical function and development and are concerned with movement, co-ordination, posture and the cardiorespiratory system. Pediatric physiotherapists aim to minimize the effects of physical impairment to promote optimum function and musculoskeletal development and also encourage them to participate and become independent. Advice on activities and stretches offered by the physiotherapist can assist in maintaining full range of movement and prevention of contracture.

Pediatric physiotherapists assess and treat infants and children with a range of conditions including:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Developmental delay – motor or global
  • Syndromes and other genetic conditions
  • Spine bifida and neural tube defects
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Brachial plexus lesions
  • Juvenile chronic arthritis (JCA)
  • Visual handicaps
  • Postural problems
  • Respiratory problems – cystic fibrosis/ asthma