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Why your child might see a physiotherapist

Why Your Child Might See a Physiotherapist?

Key points

  • Your youngster may see a physiotherapist enhance movement, aid an injury in healing, or get back into physical activities after injury.
  • Physiotherapists frequently treat youngsters with developmental delays and physical disabilities.
  • Make a list of questions if your youngster is going to a physiotherapist, such as how much appointments and therapy will cost.

What Is a Physiotherapist?

A physiotherapist improves muscle tone, movement patterns, assists orthopaedic injuries, and helps get back into a daily routine after injury.

Paediatric physiotherapist work on youngsters who have problems with their muscles and bones, such as cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy. They also work on children who need to enhance muscle strength or manage injuries like sprains.

  • If your kid has any medical or physical issues, health professionals such as physiotherapists are on hand to assist you and your child. A personalized treatment plan and child development programs will be the best solutions for kids with developmental coordination disorder. With the aid of these experts, you can help your youngster thrive.

Why Your Child Might See a Physiotherapist?

A physiotherapist may assist your youngster with the following:

  • problems with balance
  • cerebral palsy
  • back pain
  • neck muscles pain
  • scoliosis, or sideways curvature of the spine
  • muscular dystrophy, which is caused by muscle degeneration and weakness. The condition typically begins in early childhood and worsens with age.
  • injury to muscles, bones, joints, ligaments (the fibres that connect bones), or tendons (the fibres that connect muscles to bones).

To assist these youngsters with physical and motor skill challenges, the health care team frequently deals with children with developmental or physical impairments such as cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, and an autism spectrum disorder.

Pediatric physiotherapists will want you to participate in your child’s sessions and the physiotherapy treatments planning. Physiotherapists must have good communication with parents.

  • You don’t need a referral to see a pediatric physiotherapist, but if you’re concerned about your child’s health or development, the GP or family health care professionals are always a good place to start. If you want to find someone suitable for your kid, these specialists can assist you in deciding whether or not to visit a physiotherapist regularly and which treatment plan is the best for your child. 

Before Going To a Physiotherapist

It’s a good idea to discuss the following subjects with your GP if your child is referred to a physiotherapist by the doctor:

  • Why you’re going: Your child may need to see a physiotherapist if you feel experiencing or could develop a sports injury. However, if your kid isn’t playing sports just yet, then it’s important not to rush into signing them up for one without first discussing it with their doctor.
  • Appointments: Is it necessary to schedule an appointment, or will the doctor take care of it?
  • Waiting lists: Do you need to see the physiotherapist right away, or can you make an appointment in advance?
  • Cost: Is physiotherapy for children have a fixed fee, or is it based on a per-minute basis? It may be costly, so see whether you can get assistance from private health insurance or the Ontario Health Card.
  • Location: Check the list of open appointments at your preferred clinic, then call them up to schedule an appointment. Learn where you must go in order to see the physiotherapist – for example, a hospital, private consulting rooms, or a health center in the community. Travel may be further than you anticipate depending on your child’s requirements.
  • Qualifications: physiotherapists in Canada must be registered with the regulatory body in the province or territory where they work. It is illegal to practise if physiotherapists are not licensed or registered.

Before you go to the physiotherapist, you might want to discuss these concerns and any other issues you have with your doctor. It’s a good idea to make a list of questions, so you don’t forget anything. You could also inquire about the outpatient physiotherapy services or paediatric physiotherapy clinic when making an appointment.


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