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August 3, 2022 by admin 0 Comments

Paediatric Physiotherapy Lurgan

Paediatric physiotherapy

Paediatric physiotherapy Lurgan

Paediatric physiotherapy is a specialised form of physiotherapy that treats children of all ages from new born babies to young adults. Paediatric physiotherapists are specifically trained to improve the lives and daily function of children who suffer from a wide range of injuries and congenital conditions.  Paediatric therapists work with children and their families to assist in reaching their maximum potential, function independently and promote active participation at home, in school, and in the community. Paediatric patients range from infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to teenage competitive athletes, to young adults with ongoing childhood disorders.

Age appropriate, individualised therapy can make a massive difference to children who are having difficulties. Paediatric physiotherapy can assist babies and toddlers who are not meeting developmental milestones such as sitting unaided, crawling and walking. Children with neurological conditions such as Cerebral Palsy will often need a large amount of physiotherapy to assist with moving, stretching out limbs and improving their quality of life. Children with sports injuries or muscluloskeletal pain can benefit from seeing a paeditric specialist, who has an in-depth knowledge of child-specific conditions and treatments. 

Paediatric Physiotherapy Lurgan 

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Why should you see a specialist paediatric physiotherapist

Children are not just little adults! Growing bodies require different interventions and treatments than adults. Children also suffer different conditions than adults. Consulting a specialist who can appropriately diagnose and treat your child will ensure your child receives the best, most appropriate and effective care.

Children, particularly young children, often don’t understand why they are in therapy. Play, family involvement, and one-on-one care are exclusive to the psediatric therapists’ care of children. Fun and motivational factors are incorporated into functional activities to make therapy enjoyable for the child.

How to know if you should see a specialist

If you are concerned at all about your child’s development or well-being, it is always advisable to seek professional help. Some questions to consider include:

  • Is your child meeting their developmental milestones?
  • Are you concerned that your baby is not crawling or walking yet?
  • Does your baby struggle with tummy time?
  • Does your child seem clumsy when walking and running?
  • Is your child complaining about pain
  • Is your child more stiff or floppy than normal?
  • Are you worried about your child’s posture?
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The benefits of Paediatric Physiotherapy

Help treat medical issues

Caring for a child with medical issues that limits their movement and motor skills can be hard. Paediatric Physiotherapy is a great way to help your child deal with these issues, maximise their potential, and prevent secondary complications.

Improve balance and reflexes

Paediatric physiotherapy is great for helping children gain strength and improve their balance. For example, therapy can help them develop the proper muscular and coordinational responses to balance, as well as develop the correct protective responses to falling.

Treatment through play and fun

Going to see a doctor or therapist isn’t exactly fun and it’s easy for children to get bored. That’s why a specialist therapist is experienced at using games and exercises to help engage children throughout the process. We understand that
every child is different too. A paediatric specialist will get to know a child’s likes and preferences to ensure he or she is getting the most from the treatment.

Support for parents too

For successful treatment, it’s important that the parent feels supported and empowered. We’re here to give you all the support and insight you need to give your children the best care at home and help them grow to meet their full potential.

Conditions treated include (but not limited to)

  • Developmental delay
  • Co-ordination difficulties
  • Development Co-ordination Disorder
  • Sensory Processing Disorder
  • Musculoskeletal pain and injuries, eg sports injuries
  • Congenital disorders e.g. Spina Bifida, limb deficiencies
  • Learning difficulties
  • Neuromuscular disorders e.g. Muscular Dystrophy
  • Neurological conditions e.g. Cerebral Palsy, Head Injury, Spinal Cord Injury
  • Orthopaedic conditions e.g. Talipes, Torticollis, Plagiocephaly
  • Rheumatological conditions e.g. Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

For any further information or questions, or to book and appointment, please do not hesitate to contact us. Paediatric Physiotherapy Lurgan. You can view our staff by clicking here.

July 20, 2022 by admin 0 Comments

Ankle Sprains

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What is an Ankle Sprain?

The ankle joint is the connection between the bones of the lower leg (the tibia and fibula) and the uppermost bone of the foot (the talus). Like all the body’s joints, the bones are held together with rigid connective tissues called ligaments. These ligaments are responsible for holding the bones in alignment. When the alignment of the bones moves beyond the capacity of the ligaments to restrain them, injury to the ligaments can occur. This sort of injury occurs most commonly when you roll your ankle to the side, like in the image below.

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When this rolling of the ankle occurs, the injury is termed a sprain. A sprain is an injury to the ligaments where they are stretched beyond their tolerance. Ankle sprains can cause a lot of pain and swelling.

Because rolling onto the outside of the foot is the most common mechanism of injury, it is usually the ligaments on the outside of the ankle that is stretched and hence injured.

Injuries to the ligaments are graded depending on their severity:

  • Grade 1: Mild sprain
  • Grade 2: Moderate sprain with microtears to the ligament
  • Grade 3: Severe sprain with complete rupture of the ligament

A physiotherapist can perform tests to identify the severity of the injury and to rule out ankle fractures. If the bones around your ankle are very tender to touch, you have a lot of trouble walking a few steps or you have diagnosed osteoporosis, it is important that you check with a healthcare professional to make sure there is no fracture.

How do you treat an Ankle Sprain?
Mild ankle sprains may return to normal function within days to a couple of weeks, whilst severe sprains can take up to a few months. The general goals of ankle sprain rehabilitation are to manage the symptoms (especially in the early phase of the injury) and to maximise function of the ankle as the ligaments heal.

During the first few days following the injury, your ankle will likely be quite sore and swollen. Whilst pain can be managed, remember that it is your body’s way of protecting the injured area. Similar advice applies to the swelling and inflammation – previously it was thought that minimising swelling could improve recovery, but it is actually the body’s first stage of healing, so whilst reducing swelling might help your symptoms in the short term, it may impact the healing process. For this reason, it is probably a good idea to avoid ibuprofen if not necessary.

Although you may need a period of relative rest following an ankle sprain, the main, evidence based approach is to get moving as early as you can. Early exercise interventions can reduce the risk of recurrent injury, ankle instability and make the recovery time quicker! For mild ankle sprains, a return to your normal exercise routine with a combination of cardiovascular and resistance training is appropriate, but if you are coming back from a grade 2 or 3 sprain, you may need specific ankle exercises to restore baseline strength, movement and proprioception (awareness of the body’s position). It is debated whether supervised exercise is superior to unsupervised exercise following an ankle sprain, but if in doubt, check with a local physiotherapist.

How do you prevent Ankle Sprains occurring?
Previous ankle sprains are a significant risk factor for future sprains, and when ankle sprains become a regular occurrence during walking, sports or other meaningful activities, it can be incredibly frustrating, preventing you from engaging in exercise and physical activity. For this reason then, it is worthwhile considering how to prevent future ankle sprains.

1) Exercise rehabilitation
As has been discussed in the section on treatment, early exercise is important to regain strength, movement and proprioception of the ankle. Not only does exercise make for a faster recovery time, it also reduces the risk of recurrent ankle injuries.

2) Taping and bracing
Some people will also benefit from taping and bracing to allow them to participate in their exercise of choice, be it hiking, tennis or walking around the block! Taping the ankle can provide more security but can cause skin irritation if left on for long periods and requires knowledge of the taping technique. Ankle braces are a better choice for those who need extra support regularly or those with sensitive skin. The choice between taping and bracing is dependent on your preference, as both have been shown to be effective in ankle sprain prevention.

If your in pain you can book an appointment with one of out physios by clicking here. You can check out our video with exercises for any other ankle and foot pain by clicking here.