Pediatric physiotherapy at the clinic aims to maximize the potential of your child (infant to older teen), enhance their quality of life, and empower them to reach their developmental milestones, participate in activities, and thrive in their everyday pursuits.
Torticollis & Plagiocephaly
Physiotherapy is a great option for conservative treatment of congenital muscular torticollis, which is the tightening of the SCM muscle of the neck. Infants will present with lateral neck flexion to the involved SCM and neck rotation away from the involved side. Torticollis presents right around the time of birth or soon after. Treatment involves manual stretching, positioning, and parent/caregiver education. Research shows that early physiotherapy intervention leads to better outcomes while minimizing the length of treatment required.
Positional plagiocephaly is when the infant presents with flattening of one side of the head or the back of the head from spending too much time on their backs. It can also present with Torticollis, as tight and weak neck muscles can prevent the infant from turning their head. Treatment involves education and repositioning techniques and is most effective when initiated in the first couple of months of the baby's life.
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a condition that involves chronic peripheral nerve pain which usually effects a distal extremity.
Symptoms include pain in the extremity, hyperalgesia, allodynia, swelling, skin changes, and increased sweating. The cause of CRPS is unknown, but is sometimes precipitated by a minor trauma or injury. Treatment involves strategies for pain management and increasing function/participation.
As infants and toddlers develop and age, they achieve certain gross motor skills or milestones. These motor skills involve the large muscles of the body and help the child move around and perform everyday functions such as sitting, standing, walking, and running.
With gross motor delay, children are not quite demonstrating the age appropriate milestones. Physiotherapy can provide treatment to help the emergence of motor skills and increase your child’s activity and participation.
Meet Your Specialists
Alyssa is our in-house paediatric specialist. She completed a six week placement at Stollery in outpatient pediatrics where she gained experience working with patients with a variety of conditions such as torticollis, gross motor skill delay, complex regional pain syndrome, and other MSK/orthopedic conditions. She has experience working with patients ranging in age from infants to older teens.