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What is paediatric physiotherapy?
Paediatric physiotherapy is the treatment and care of babies, children and young people. Paediatric physiotherapists bring their generic skills and have additional knowledge and experience of child development and childhood conditions.
About your physiotherapy appointment
On arrival at each appointment please inform the reception staff that you are here. At your first appointment you will be required to fill in some forms before you see your physiotherapist, so please arrive 10 minutes early to allow you to do this. If you arrive late, your appointment may need to be rescheduled for another time. If you do not attend your first appointment you will be discharged back to your referring Doctor or GP.
How will my child be assessed & treated?
At your first appointment, your physiotherapist will take a detailed history of your child’s current condition. They will then perform a physical examination to determine the cause and establish the best method of managing their condition. Paediatric physiotherapists recognise the importance of working in partnership with the child, parents and carers to maximise a child’s’ physical abilities and independence.
Treatment may include: exercise, activity advice, lifestyle advice, hydrotherapy, soft tissue techniques, and mobilisation/manipulation.
Liaison with/ referral to other professionals
We work closely with other professionals including education and with your permission may liaise or make onward referrals to meet your child’s needs.
Any subsequent appointments will be arranged between you and your physiotherapist. If you cannot attend an appointment please give at least 24 hours’ notice so we can allocate the appointment to another patient. If you miss an appointment and no contact is made within 48 hours you may be discharged from the service.
When the course of treatment is complete, the physiotherapist will advise you on self-management of your child’s condition. A letter will be written to you and your referring Doctor outlining the course of treatment and the outcome.
What should I bring?
Shorts and/or a vest to allow an accurate assessment to take place depending on the body part that is being examined. Any correspondence relating to your child’s current condition such as clinic
appointments or letters regarding previous treatments. For young children you may wish to bring favourite toys which motivate or calm them.
All children up to the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult for their appointments. In order to allow both you and your physiotherapist to focus on your child it is helpful to arrange childcare for siblings if they are likely to be distracting or disruptive. We recognise that siblings can also be helpful and so leave this to your discretion, however they must remain with you throughout the
appointments as we are unable to leave children unsupervised in the waiting or treatment areas. If you have any special requirements please do not hesitate to contact us prior to your appointment and we will do our best to accommodate them.
Achieving the best possible outcome depends on many factors including:
Following the advice of your physiotherapist and attending your appointments at the times required.
Being consistent with your child’s home exercise programme and any other advice given. Research has shown that to achieve optimal physical function, all aspects of health must be addressed including e.g. Being a healthy weight and taking part in regular and appropriate exercise.
How to find us
We are situated on the ground floor of Stony Stratford Health Centre, Market Square, Stony Stratford, MK11 1YA. There is free short stay parking on Market Square and behind the health centre in the Cofferidge Close car park, as well as many other car parks around Stony Stratford. This information can be accessed via the link below: http://www.stonystratford.co.uk/Documents/stonystratfordcarparks.pdf
Stony Stratford Health Centre
Telephone: 01908 995450
Mon: 8:15 – 17:00
Tues: 8:15 – 16:15
Wed: 8:15 – 17:30
Thurs: 8:15 – 17:30
Fri: 8:15 – 16:15
Who will have access to my child’s records?
The Data Protection Act strictly controls access to personal data and this includes health records. You will be kept informed of your child’s progress and their records will only be shared on a strict need to know basis in the child’s best interest. These records are held electronically and will be used to ensure that your child receives the correct care and treatment.