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Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation

Pediatric Physiotherapy

Pediatric Physiotherapy

What is Pediatric Physiotherapy?

Pediatric physiotherapy is for children aged 3-16 years old. Physiotherapy for younger children focuses on education, exercises, games, and myofascial release to help your child reach their movement potential.  For older children, physiotherapy may be appropriate after a sports injury, a dance injury, for muscle or joint pain, muscle imbalances, poor posture, poor coordination/balance, post fractures, ligament sprains, muscle strains, headaches and concussions.

At Donna Sarna Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation, we can assess and treat a wide variety of orthopaedic conditions.  For older children, treatment may look similar to adult treatment with a special focus on the individual child based on their age, development, injury, and demands of their physical sport or hobby.

 

When Should I Consult a Physiotherapist?

  • Sports injuries
  • Dance injuries
  • Neck or back pain
  • Headaches
  • Concussions
  • Balance issues
  • Strains
  • Sprains
  • Tendonitis
  • Pre and postsurgical rehabilitation
  • Motor vehicle collision injuries
  • Difficulty in achieving developmental milestones

How Can Donna Sarna Physiotherapy Help?

At Donna Sarna Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation  a pediatric physiotherapy assessment evaluates the body as a whole, as well as the local injury site, by examining posture, range of motion, strength, fasciae, joints, and nerves to identify areas of restriction, weakness, stiffness, or altered movement patterns.

An individualized treatment program is developed based upon assessment findings.  Physiotherapy sessions will include a combination of treatments dependent on the child’s specific needs, such as myofascial release, craniosacral therapy, visceral mobilization, and other soft tissue techniques. Joint mobilization techniques and muscle energy techniques may also be part of your treatment plan. Core stabilization and other appropriate exercises may be prescribed to help release tight muscles, increase stability, and strengthen areas of weakness. Physiotherapists are trained in exercise prescription for children who have experienced an injury, pain, or have coexisting health conditions. Treatment will vary depending on the child’s age, health, injury, hobbies, and developmental abilities.  Children will be progressed through the stages of healing, with the ultimate goal of returning them back to normal life at home, school, and with activity.