Q Paediatrics can assist in the assessment and treatment of muscle and joint injuries. Being a children’s only clinic we understand the impact of growth and development on musculoskeletal injuries and will look at your child’s overall physical profile and how this relates to the injury rather than just looking at the injury in isolation.
Our physiotherapists are great at creating age-appropriate exercise programs that are necessary for the rehabilitation after injury.
Q Paediatrics manages the wide range of back conditions seen in children of all ages including:
Acute soft tissue injuries
Orthopaedic conditions including spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis
Growth-related spinal pain
Management of these conditions often involves a lot of education in regards to the cause of the condition and the future prognosis and treatment. We strongly believe in the importance of exercise based therapy and postural education in the management of spinal conditions in children.
Some infants may be born with or develop slight postural anomalies. These may include a flattened head (plagiocephaly), an elongated head (brachicephaly), a turned head (torticollis) or turned feet. Often there are some very simple strategies that can be used to assist normalise these postural conditions. Our physiotherapists will aim to teach you these strategies to use at home to aid in your child’s development.
Postural Education and Development
At Q Paediatrics we see a high number of children presenting with poor postural habits and pain or motor difficulties associated with this. Our aim is to initially reduce the pain associated with poor postural control and to then educate and strengthen children in regards to their posture.
During 2010 we introduced the Hard Core Kids®-Pilates program which was aimed at the increasing number of adolescents we were seeing at the clinic with pain related to the posture. We believe that early education and development of postural strength can minimise the impact of poor posture throughout a person’s life.
Core Strength Training and Sports Conditioning
Over 60% of paediatric injuries occur during organised sport whilst more than 20% occur during physical education classes. It is therefore imperative to ensure safe exercise principles in children. This may include simple things such as warming up, using the correct equipment and hydrating sufficiently. It can also include more complex elements such as using the correct technique and minimising excessive biomechanical load on joints and muscles as well as having the necessary conditioning to perform the requirements of the chosen sport.
At Q Paediatrics our staff can screen your child in relation to their chosen sport(s) and identify any areas which may need some development to ensure safe participation, optimal performance and reducing the likelihood of injuries. Individual programs, as well as participation in group programs, may be utilised to address any weaknesses.