Pediatric physiotherapy

Etymology: (1903) ancient Greek φύσις, phýsis (nature) and θεραπεία, therapeía, (therapy).

Pediatric physiotherapy is intended for clients between the ages of 0 and 17. The role of pediatric physiotherapists is to assess a child’s motor development and physical abilities.

What is pediatric physiotherapy?

Some of the main conditions that are addressed with a pediatric approach to physiotherapy are:

  • Congenital torticollis
  • Plagiocephaly
  • Delayed motor development
  • A postural problem
  • A problem with balance or coordination
  • A delay or an abnormality in the walking pattern
  • Alignment of the lower limbs
  • Following an orthopedic injury such as a sprain, a fracture, or after surgery, …

How does pediatric physiotherapy work?

The pediatric physiotherapist assesses the child’s motor development to identify and recognize any physical deficiencies and disabilities. He or she will then be able to inform the parents about the problems encountered and develop a treatment plan adapted to the child’s condition.

When and why should you consult a pediatric physiotherapist?

Whether you are concerned about your child’s motor development or want to make sure your child is developing properly, we will be happy to assess his or her condition and answer your questions.

We encourage you to consult if:

  • You are concerned about your child’s motor development
  • You notice changes in the shape of your baby’s head, if it flattens out on one side or if he or she keeps the head turned to the side
  • You notice a change in his or her muscle tone
  • You notice that your child tends to keep his or her fists closed after about 4 months of life
  • You are worried about your child’s posture
  • You are concerned about your child’s walking pattern or if he or she is not walking
  • or for any other concern

Please note:
Physiotherapy is a service available in direct access to the population, which means that you can consult a physiotherapist without a medical referral.

What should you expect from a pediatric physiotherapy session at our clinic?

The first session consists of the assessment. The physiotherapist will fill out a questionnaire in order to understand your child’s problem and will then conduct an examination by observing your child move, seeing how he or she walks and performing the appropriate tests to evaluate your child.

The physiotherapist will then be able to explain the results of the assessment to the parents and establish a treatment plan according to their goals and expectations. This plan will consist of various recommendations and advice as well as an exercise program to follow with the child at home.

Afterwards, the sessions will be aimed at reassessing the child’s condition, advancing the therapies and exercises according to the child’s evolution and readjusting the treatment plan as needed.

The physiotherapist will also be able to guide you and refer you to another health professional or physician if necessary.

Techniques used in pediatric physiotherapy

The treatment techniques used in pediatric physiotherapy include various manual therapy techniques, an exercise program, playing and stimulating activities done in the clinic and also taught for the home as well as appropriate recommendations and advice.

Costs of pediatric physiotherapy treatment

All our physiotherapists are members of the Ordre professionnel de la physiothérapie du Québec (OPPQ). You will be given a receipt after each session and a portion of the fees will be covered by most group insurance plans.

Contact us, by phone or email, to make an appointment and to obtain more information on the fees and the physiotherapy sessions.

Every health care professional working in our CMI Clinics has your wellbeing at heart and is there to help you and meet to your needs.

The cost of a private training session is not covered by the RAMQ.

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