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Patients & Visitors

Children's Therapies



Children's Physiotherapists assess and treat babies, children and young people with a variety of conditions which affect their physical skills and function. We have specialist knowledge of child development and childhood-specific conditions affecting movement.

We aim to deliver a child and family centred approach for children and young people who have a physical condition or disability. We work with you and your child to set goals that you both would like to achieve. These might be helping with difficulties impacting on your child's ability to join in with daily activities at home, early years or educational setting.

If you have chosen to also access private Physiotherapy, we would expect your private Physiotherapist to contact our team so that we can work together for the best outcome for your child.

Your Child's Appointment - what will happen?

If your child is over 12 months, please ensure they are dressed appropriately, in loose-fitting clothes (e.g. shorts) and suitable shoes. Please bring their splints/walking aids if used.

We will discuss with you and your child the reason for attending. We will agree goals that you and your child would like to achieve through Physiotherapy.

Your child will be assessed which will involve a mixture of observation, hands-on assessment and physical activities depending on the reason for referral.

If needed, a programme of exercises will be created for your child, which will work towards achieving the agreed goals.  Your child will be expected to carry out this exercise programme at home with your help. 

A follow up appointment may then be made to assess whether your child is meeting the agreed goals, and, if necessary, the programme may be adjusted.  Once your child has met the agreed goals either new goals will be set, or they will be discharged with advice on what to do if further physiotherapy is required.

Club Foot / Structural Talipes

Babies with a diagnosis of club foot / structural talipes are treated using the ponseti protocol. If babies have an antenatal diagnosis we will meet to discuss treatment with parents. Babies are assessed and treatment started usually from two weeks old.

Talipes / Clubfoot - The Parents' Guide

Clubfoot - Practical advice from one parent to another

Ponseti Technique: How to fit Boots and Bars

Further information

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