It is important to recognize that children are not simply 'small adults'.
As the musculoskeletal system is still developing and maturing, the problems seen in children and adolescents often differ from those seen in adults. There are a number of orthopaedic conditions which are seen only in childhood and simply do not exist in the adult population. Rapid periods of growth are also a major factor in the development of many of the musculoskeletal problems seen in childhood and adolesence.
For these reasons, caring for children and adolescents with musculoskeletal problems, is a highly specialist area of physiotherapy. Many physiotherapists familiar with treating adults, will have had little or no experience of assessing and treating children or adolescents. This can lead to important conditions being missed, and the differences in treatment approaches between adults and children may not be fully appreciated. We believe that strong listening and communication skills are essential for engaging children/adolescents to play an active role in their rehabilitation, in order to achieve optimal outcomes.
The majority of physiotherapists at the practice work also in the NHS, in various hospitals across the Yorkshire area. This facilitates close links between the practice and medical staff within these hospitals, as well as ensuring that local NHS referral pathways are well understood.
Leeds Children's Physiotherapy provides the opportunity to seek assessment and treatment, from experts in the field of paediatric musculoskeletal injury/illness. As we focus purely on paediatric musculoskeletal conditions, all staff working at the practice are specialists in this area of paediatric physiotherapy. This provides reassurance to our clients that they are accessing the professional opinion of the most appropriately experienced paediatric physiotherapists in the region.