PHYSIOTHERAPY

RehabilitationPhysiotherapy includes:

Scar Management

Scars can restrict movement, and look unsightly. Physiotherapy techniques can be used and scar care advice provided to families to reduce acute scarring.

Gait Re-training

Following injuries such as broken bones, amputations, and burns, physiotherapy is necessary to assist people to walk again, and with a good walking pattern. This avoids them developing detrimental walking patterns that might lead to further problems. Sometimes, children with congenital deformities or disability, need assistance to begin walking.

They may never have walked before.

Splinting and Casting

Where joints and skin are contracted, physiotherapy uses various methods to provide a long term stretch to the joint to improve its position. This can even help significant problems such as club-foot, where children are born with their feet turned under.

Good positioning is required following surgery for burns or contractures, or repairing of muscles and bones. It is critical in these situations that the joint is splinted or cast into the right position, and that stretching and strengthening exercises are provided. Education to families is pivotal, as these activities needs to be incorporated into daily life.

Stretching and Strengthening

Muscle stretches and strengthening exercises are taught to children and families to restore or enhance movement, function and independence.

Education

Education is provided to children and families with all treatments and exercises. Explanations are made to parents as to the reasons why this will help their child. This way, therapy can be incorporated at home, and improvements in movement and function will continue to progress, and not regress. Each child and family is treated individually, taking into consideration where and how they live, their priorities and what they want to achieve, and their social situation and needs.

Physiotherapy and Surgery

Physiotherapy both before and after orthopaedic or plastic surgery operations is pivotal in people reaching their best ability. Surgery can even potentially lead to a worse result than beforehand, if not provided with the right advice and activities to be doing afterwards. Sometimes, surgery may not even be required if physiotherapy is started.