Physiotherapy a Rehabilitation profession that remediates impairments and promotes mobility, function, and quality of life through examination, diagnosis, prognosis, and physical intervention.
The practice of Physiotherapy involves:
Assessing the issue at hand, that is most often the physical state of the child.
Devising a special program to suit each child’s needs based on their degree of understanding and reason for referral. The program may involve the use of balance, strength and co-ordination activities, toys, games or other special equipment.
Monitor the child’s progress and alter the program as the child improves, develops and grows.
Help the families understand the child’s problem and teach parents/care-givers the skills to develop the child’s ability to perform everyday tasks.
Give advice regarding footwear or prescription of equipment to improve the child’s skills and function.
work in conjunction with other health professionals to meet all the child’s needs in a thorough and comprehensive way.
Refer the child to other health professionals within the hospital when appropriate.
Ensure a smooth transition from hospital to home and return to school, in conjunction with the child, family, other health care workers and teachers.