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  • Writer's pictureHeather Gibson PT

Why see a pediatric physiotherapist?

Many people ask why they should see a pediatric physiotherapist as opposed to an adult physiotherapist or an orthopedic physiotherapist (as you will find in most of the physiotherapy clinics across the region). A pediatric physiotherapist has special training in infant/child development, milestones, common child illnesses and conditions. It often takes a trained eye to pick up problems in early infancy... pathways has great info... check out their page on typical vs. atypical development here Children often have unique needs and the anatomy and biomechanics is very different from an adult. A child's needs are very different and changing constantly. A pediatric physiotherapist is trained to deal with these differences unique to each child.

Some of the conditions we treat are:

abnormal head shape (plagiocephaly)

torticollis (tight muscles in the neck)

gross motor and developmental delay

hip dysplasia

toe walking

In-toeing or bowed legs


kids sports injuries/overuse injuries

various genetic conditions

cerebral palsy

spina bifida


juvenile idiopathic arthritis

Goals with pediatric physiotherapy would be to maximize function/ independence and assist in development thereby maximizing potential. Assessment and treatment are play based to motivate children to reach their full potential.

If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me!

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