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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, autism and other neuromuscular or genetic conditions.

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 crawling or trying to stand 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