Physiotherapists use their expert knowledge of anatomy and physiology, to identify problems with how the body moves or functions. The physiotherapist will then be able to suggest the most appropriate management approach to address the problem(s) identified. For musculoskeletal problems this will often involve therapeutic exercise programs, specialist taping, soft tissue massage/manipulation, posture re-training, and treatments to reduce inflammation due to injury/over-use.
It is helpful to bring along your appointment letter (if you have one) and a list of any regular medicines your child takes.
If the problem is in the lower back or legs, it is helpful to bring along shorts or for your child to wear loose trousers, for physiotherapy appointments. If the problem is in the upper back, shoulders, arms or neck, the physiotherapist may need your child to remove their shirt/t-shirt, and it is helpful for older girls to wear a vest or sports bra.
If the patient is under 16 they must attend the first appointment with an adult - preferably a parent/carer. If your child is 15, and is deemed by the physiotherapist (after the initial assessment) to be able to attend alone (and you are happy for them to do so) they may be able to attend follow up appointments alone. Patients 16 years and over can attend unaccompanied.
Prior to the appointment is helpful for you and your child to think about:
This depends on your child's diagnosis - most children will need to attend once every 2-3 weeks. Some children may actually only need to attend once. Your physiotherapist will discuss this with you at the initial appointment.
If you child's treatment is being funded by the NHS (find out what referrals we take >>) they are funded for up to 6 sessions of treatment. If your child's care is being funded by a private medical insurer, the number of sessions may be dictated by your policy - please contact your insurer prior to contacting Leeds Children's Physiotherapy to find out about this.
You will be given a contact number for your physiotherapist, which you should use to contact them to rearrange as soon as possible. If your child's care is being funded by the NHS, (find out what referrals we take) it is important to try to give at least 24 hours notice of need to change an appointment - missing 2 appointments with less notice than this will result in your child being discharged. If you are funding your child's care yourself, or if it is being funded by a private medical insurer, you may be required to pay part of the cost of the session if less than 24 hours notice is given - please ask your physiotherapist for further information.
Please contact your physiotherapist as soon as possible to discuss whether they would still like you to attend - we can often cater for people attending up to 15 minutes late, but this may not always be possible.
If your child is an NHS patient (referred by a Leeds GP or other doctor in Leeds), you will not be charged for any of your child's treatment. Self-funding patients will be expected to pay in full for treatment (please ask for prices when you contact). Private medical insurers may expect you to pay something towards your child's care - please contact your insurer prior to contacting Leeds Children's Physiotherapy to find out about this.
Confidential information regarding your child's address, DOB, NHS number, medical history, family history and social circumstances, will be recorded by your physiotherapist in your child's notes. Leeds Children's Physiotherapy adheres to strict policies regarding the protection of confidential information. Please contact Dawn Wills on 07786 960 651 if you would like to discuss this further.
Every patient has a right to see their health records. You would need to apply for this in writing to:
Care of The Orchard Therapy Centre
You can discontinue your child's physiotherapy care at any point - please inform your physiotherapist if you wish to do so.
Please contact Dawn Wills on 07786 960 651 if you would like to discuss this further.
You will be informed by your physiotherapist what actions will be taken next and why.