Pediatrics Physiotherapy at Sheddon’s Physio Clinics in Oakville and Burlington
At Sheddon Physiotherapy and Sports Clinics Oakville and Burlington, we specialize in treating a variety of injuries that children might face, from sports-related sprains and strains to torticollis in babies. Our team is dedicated to making sure that kids can bounce back from their injuries and get back to doing what they love most—playing, running, and having fun!
Common Injuries We Treat in Kids/Pediatrics:
Sprains and Strains:
Injuries to ligaments (sprains) or muscles/tendons (strains) often caused by sports activities.
Broken bones due to falls, accidents, or sports-related impacts.
Growth Plate Injuries:
Damage or fractures at the end of long bones that are still developing, commonly seen in active children.
Inflammation or irritation of tendons, often associated with repetitive motions in sports.
Conditions like stress fractures or tendonitis due to repetitive stress on a particular area from activities like running or sports.
A condition affecting the growth plate at the top of the shinbone, commonly seen in active adolescents.
Abnormal curvature of the spine.
Neck muscle stiffness or tightness causing the head to tilt to one side, often seen in infants.
ACL Tears or Knee Injuries:
Common in older children and teens involved in sports like soccer, basketball, or gymnastics.
Walking on the toes rather than the whole foot, which may require intervention for proper development.
Sever’s Disease (Calcaneal Apophysitis):
Heel pain in active children due to inflammation of the growth plate in the heel bone.
Head injuries resulting from sports, accidents, or falls that require careful assessment and management to ensure proper recovery.
Not necessarily injuries, but delays in reaching milestones related to movement or motor skills, requiring specialized care and intervention to support a child’s development.
Each of these conditions requires specialized attention, and at Sheddon Physiotherapy and Sports Clinic, we’re equipped to address these orthopedic concerns in kids with expertise and personalized care.
Techniques and Therapies Used in Kids/Pediatric Physiotherapy
Pediatric physiotherapy uses various therapeutic methods to suit the unique needs of children. These methods include:
Hands-on techniques such as massage, joint mobilization, and soft tissue manipulation aimed at improving mobility and reducing pain.
Customized exercises designed to enhance strength, flexibility, coordination, and balance, promoting optimal physical development.
The use of modalities like heat, cold, ultrasound, or electrical stimulation to alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, and aid in tissue healing.
Recommendations and guidance on the use of braces, orthotics, or other assistive devices to support mobility and function.
Benefits of Early Intervention
Early intervention in childhood injuries significantly impacts a child’s recovery and future well-being. Addressing injuries promptly minimizes the risk of complications and promotes faster healing. Early physiotherapy intervention also helps in reducing pain, swelling, and stiffness, preventing potential long-term issues associated with untreated injuries. Moreover, it facilitates a quicker return to regular activities and sports, promoting a sense of normalcy for children.
Injury Prevention Strategies for Kids
1. Proper Warm-Up and Cool-Down:
Teaching children the importance of warming up before physical activities and cooling down afterward. This helps prepare their muscles, reducing the risk of strains or injuries.
2. Correct Technique and Form:
Educating children on the proper form and technique during sports or activities to minimize the risk of injuries. This includes teaching correct posture, movement patterns, and body mechanics specific to their activities.
3. Strength and Conditioning Programs:
Implementing strength and conditioning exercises appropriate for a child’s age and activity level. This enhances muscle strength, stability, and flexibility, reducing the likelihood of injuries.
4. Appropriate Equipment Use:
Providing guidance on using proper gear and equipment suitable for the child’s age and activity. Ensuring that helmets, pads, shoes, and other protective gear fit well and are used correctly reduces the risk of accidents or injuries.
5. Rest and Recovery:
Emphasizing the importance of adequate rest and recovery periods between activities. Overuse injuries are common in children involved in intense physical activities, so encouraging breaks and rest days is crucial for injury prevention.
6. Injury Recognition and Reporting:
Teaching children to recognize signs of potential injuries and encouraging them to report any discomfort or pain to a responsible adult. Early reporting allows for timely intervention, preventing injuries from worsening.
At Sheddon Physiotherapy and Sports Clinic in Oakville and Burlington, our team of therapists is dedicated to supporting your child towards a healthy and active lifestyle.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How do you make physiotherapy sessions enjoyable for kids?
We integrate play and fun activities into our sessions, making them interactive and engaging. This approach not only helps children feel comfortable but also encourages active participation, making therapy enjoyable.
How can I determine if my child needs physiotherapy?
If your child experiences persistent pain, difficulty moving, or has trouble participating in their usual activities due to an injury, it’s advisable to consult with a physiotherapist. They can assess the injury and recommend appropriate treatment.
What age groups do you cater to at Sheddon Physiotherapy and Sports Clinic?
We provide care for children of all ages, from infants to adolescents, tailoring our treatments to suit their specific developmental stages and needs.
Sheddon Physiotherapy in Oakville and Burlington is here to guide you on a journey towards a higher level of well-being and physical achievement.
For more info, contact Sheddon Physiotherapy and Sports Clinics in Oakville at 905-849-4576 and Burlington at 905-332-1070.