Conditions We Treat

We treat children and young people with:

Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy affects the neurological control of movement and sensory feedback due to a brain injury occurring before, during or shortly after birth. We have many years’ worth of experience treating children and young people with Cerebral palsy. Our staff have worked within the NHS and in private practice and therefore have an understanding of the statutory service provision of physiotherapy for children with cerebral palsy. Physiotherapy can help normalise tone and improve range of movement, muscle strength and postural stability in order to enhance the quality of functional movement in daily life. We work holistically, considering the aims of the child/parents to develop physiotherapy programmes that fit within the dynamics of everyday family life.

Brain injury

Traumatic brain injury can occur at any age due to road traffic accident, sporting injuries, falls from height or any significant impact to the head. The outcomes vary and may include motor impairment, epilepsy, visual problems, vestibular problems, poor balance, specific weakness, pain, ataxia, hemiplegia and tremor. Often the mechanism of injury means that there is musculoskeletal damage as well as brain injury and we are able to treat each client holistically, helping with both neurological and musculoskeletal rehabilitation. As physiotherapists we are able to analyse movement abnormalities in order to ascertain the underlying problems and provide appropriate handling and exercise techniques to address these. We are mindful of the cognitive problems that may result from traumatic brain injury and tailor our programmes accordingly.

Neurological disorders

We work with clients with a range of neurological disorders including dyspraxia, congenital abnormalities, metabolic disorders, foetal alcohol syndrome, developmental delay and learning disabilities. Each client receives an individual assessment to ascertain their main physiotherapy needs and a specific physiotherapy programme is agreed in discussion with client/carers.

Musculoskeletal disorders

We can treat a range of musculoskeletal disorders including joint sprains, muscle strains, fracture, dislocation, back and neck pain and arthritis which can occur at any age. Our physiotherapists apply hands on mobilisation techniques and prescribe a range of exercises to help alleviate symptoms of pain, inflammation, movement restriction and decreased strength. At Physiotherapy for Children Ltd we are used to treating musculoskeletal disorders alongside a neurological insult. For example, clavicle fracture and shoulder dislocation alongside a traumatic brain injury, multi-level orthopaedic surgery in a client with cerebral palsy. We apply a range of techniques to address both musculoskeletal and neurological problems simultaneously and believe the best outcome can only be achieved by addressing both.

Posterior dorsal rhizotomy

This is a surgical procedure to weaken the strength of muscles causing abnormal alignment usually in the legs. It can have a significant beneficial effect on gait and walking, however requires an intensive course of physiotherapy aimed at realignment, strengthening of the correct muscle groups and rehabilitation of gait. The physiotherapy programme is usually carried out at least 3 times a week in the home and school setting, either by a trained team or by the physiotherapist themselves. The success of posterior dorsal rhizotomy is absolutely dependent on targeted and rigorous application of a physiotherapy programme designed with specific goals in mind. Often NHS provision is offered immediately post operatively, however we can provide additional physiotherapy either in the short term or over a longer period to compliment and enhance the NHS input.

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