What ailments does pediatric physiotherapy treat?
- Congenital torticollis
Has your baby had difficulty in turning his or her head since birth? Is his or her head always turned in the same direction?
It is possible that your baby may suffer from congenital torticollis. This is a unilateral contracture of the sternocleidomastoid muscle that causes an inclination of the head toward the shorter muscle and a rotation on the opposite side.
If this torticollis remains untreated, the child’s head may be flattened on the side on which he or she always lies.
Physiotherapy is a very efficient treatment for babies of up to 12 months old that can help prevent malformations of the skull and to determine their condition. The treatment consists essentially in stretching the shorter muscle and in stimulating the other muscle so as to eliminate the predominance toward one side in particular.
Treatments at this age prevent problems later on!
- Tiptoeing and weight-balancing
A shortening of calf muscles and of the Achilles tendon produces a plantar flexion of the foot and the ankle, which is a common occurrence in young children. They stand and walk on the tip of their toes.
This condition is easy to treat with physiotherapy. Stretching and strengthening exercises help the child recover and improve his or her walking movements.
The sooner treatment begins, the better.
Physiotherapy is an excellent, non-invasive method for treating your little one. Don’t hesitate to contact us!