AMPTHILL & FLITWICK PHYSIOTHERAPY CLINIC
Kate Drake provides specialist paediatric (children’s) physiotherapy. Children are not simply small adults and therefore their physiotherapy management is different to that of adults. Because of the physiological, anatomical and psychological differences between children and adults, children require a specialised approach to their physiotherapy management. Paediatric Physiotherapy is holistic in nature, treating the whole child not just part of the body in isolation. Treatment may include stretches, strengthening, exercise ball activities, kinesio-taping, soft tissue massage, posture and gait (walking) education. It is likely that you will be provided with a programme of specific physiotherapy exercises and activities to carry out at home.
Some of the conditions Kate treats frequently at Ampthill and Flitwick Physiotherapy Clinic include:
- Development Delay: Children’s Physiotherapy can help your baby or child meet their developmental milestones. An hour’s assessment is recommended to determine the nature of your child’s difficulties and recommend positioning and activities to help them catch up their skills.
- Trauma Injuries: Consultants do not always refer children for physiotherapy following fractures, sprains or strains. If you child is not moving well after an injury, we can help with pain relief with massage and kinesio-taping and restoration of mobility and strength with exercises, activities and games.
- Gait problems: When children first start walking they may walk on their toes or with their feet turned in. This is quite normal and usually improves by the time they are 6 or 7. If you have concerns regarding your child’s walking, contact Ampthill and Flitwick Physiotherapy Clinic for an assessment. We will assess to see if there is a biomechanical cause for their gait pattern and provide exercise and activities to strengthen or mobilise muscles and joints.
- Flat feet are feet that have the appearance of a flattened arch or “roll over”. Flat feet can contribute to other problems such as knee and hip pain and balance difficulties. Physiotherapy exercises, kinesio-taping and simple orthotics may help improve or maintain the foot posture.
- Hypermobility describes when a child has an increased range of movement in joints. Children with hypermobility may be at increased risk of injury or pain. Exercises and taping help to strengthen and reduce discomfort.
- Knee problems are common in adolescents. The main two diagnoses are Osgood-Schlatter disease and Chondromalacia Patella. Osgood-Schlatter disease is an inflammation of the bone, cartilage, and/or tendon at the top of the shinbone. Chondromalacia Patella is characterised by pain under the knee cap. We have had some excellent results with kinesio-taping for knee pain.
- Severs Disease is heel pain caused by inflammation at the growth plate in the heel. We have had excellent results with kinesio-taping reducing heel pain as a result of Severs Disease.
- Growing Pains are pains, generally experienced at night in a child’s thighs. Doctors will often attribute childhood pain to rapid growth when in fact there is a biomechanical cause for the pains, which can be helped by physiotherapy.