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WHAT IS PEDIATRIC PHYSIOTHERAPY ?

Physiotherapy for children is often different from what you will see for adults. A large reason for that is that treatments must be family focused, especially when dealing with younger children and infants. The most effective treatments are often centered around family education, lifestyle modification, and parental handling techniques. Parents will most often consult because they feel their children are not developing “typically”, whether that means something physical like concern over their child’s head shape, or because they are not meeting motor milestones such as sitting, crawling, and walking as quickly as their peers. Additionally, the fun part about kids physiotherapy is that treatments are nearly always play based, which means not only will visits be fun and kid friendly, but their “homework” should be fun and easily integrated into their children’s’ playtime in order to help achieve their goals.

WHAT CAN BE TREATED AT INTEGRA?

  • Positional PlagiocephalyWhen the baby has flat spots on one side of the head or the entire back of the head. This happens most often when the baby is sleeping in the same position, or because there is a problem with the neck muscles and the baby tends to turn develop a head-turning preference
  • Congenital or acquired torticollis –  When the baby tilts and rotates their head at an odd angle which is caused by twisting of the neck. 
  • Gross Motor Delay – Gross Motor Delay is a high-level diagnosis for children who may not be rolling, sitting, crawling, walking, or  other age-appropriate arm, leg, or trunk coordination. For example, at 9 months should be able to sit without support and should start creeping or crawling etc. 
  • Regular Orthopedic injuries in children –  Rehabilitation for regular fractures and injuries that children face.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM YOUR CHILD’S FIRST VISIT? 

  1. Detailed history of your child’s birth, development, medical, and social history
  2. Detailed assessment of motor patterns, skills, developmental milestones, or injury as needed
  3. Hands on examples of family inclusive treatment
  4. Treatment planning to make sure you understand the path to recovery for your child and how you and your physio will help them
  5. Your physio will send a detailed report to your child’s Family MD about the assessment results
  6. Follow ups as per your treatment plan, usually consisting of games or re-evaluation/monitoring of your child’s development

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Is a doctor’s referral required? 

  No, you do not require a doctor’s referral to book an appointment with our physiotherapists. However, some extended insurance plans may require one to provide reimbursements. You can book an appointment with one of our in-house physicians to obtain a note if you do not have a family doctor. 

2. What should I bring to the initial appointment? 

The usual things you would normally carry around for your child: change of clothes, diaper, snacks, maybe even a favorite toy to use in session!)

You can also bring copies of any relevant medical investigations done with your child if not already on file at Integra.

3. How many appointments will my child need? 

The number of appointments depends on the condition and severity of the condition. At the initial appointment, the physiotherapist will provide you with a treatment plan for your child which will include the number of follow up appointments they would advise on booking.