What is paediatric Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy?
Paediatric Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy is a specialist area of Physiotherapy which involves the diagnosis and treatment of problems in children and adolescents aged 0-18 years of age.
It is now commonly recognised that "children are not small adults" as growth and development play a large part in presentations and treatments at age appropriate stages.
Certain conditions occur in children that are not present in adults, and specialist knowledge is important in the exclusion of these. This is done by taking a full medical history including information regarding the child's birth, developmental and family history in order to assist with an accurate diagnosis.
Examination and treatments will take into consideration the child's age and development.
Paediatric musculoskeletal injuries and conditions treated includes:
- Orthopaedic problems
- Surgical procedures
- "Prehabilitiation" ie preparation for surgery
- Post operative physiotherapy and return to full function
- Sever's, Osgood–Schlatter's and other growth associated skeletal issues
- Sports injuries
Please note that if you are making an appointment for any person under the age of 18 years, an adult with "Parental Consent" must attend with them at the first and ongoing appointments unless agreed in advance with Helene.
Helene has specialised in Paediatric Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy and is the Musculoskeletal Lead for Paediatric Physiotherapy in the Adult Outpatient and Paediatric Departments at Harrogate District Hospital. She routinely works with the Orthopaedic, Rheumatology and Oncology teams often involving other therapists and specialists from outside the area and in the Private sector. These multi-disciplinary links ensure smooth referral and communication pathways, essential in the provision of paediatric care.
Helene has Enhanced CRB clearance and Child Protection Training. She is a member of the Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists.
If you are attending with a child or adolescent it may be helpful to think about the following before you attend with your child:
- When did the pain start and was there something specific to cause it or not?
- What type of pain is it and what can you do that makes it better or worse?
Please bring details of any medications your child is taking or results of any previous investigations.
The assessment will include questions about your/your child's past medical history, developmental and birth history. Any family history of inflammatory arthritis or musculoskeletal problems may also be relevant.