Recently PMPP’s physio Ali Wilson attended a Paediatric Physiotherapy course at the Royal Children’s Hospital, to extend her knowledge on children’s musculoskeletal conditions. Here is her story:
Over the weekend of 27/28th August, I was fortunate enough to attend the ‘Building blocks for Paediatric Physiotherapy’ course at the Royal Children’s Hospital. Over the two days we covered a wide range of conditions common amongst the paediatric population (0-18 years of age) including scoliosis, gait abnormalities, common lower limb pathologies, torticollis (twisted neck) and joint hypermobility syndrome to name a few.
As a Physiotherapist, it is of utmost importance to know when a patient needs to be referred on (to another health professional, for further investigations etc) and I feel that this course has given me a better understanding of how I can assist the paediatric population in a clinical setting. I am passionate about working with children and adolescents and have had experience assessing and treating children between the ages of 11-18 since I graduated 7 years ago. If your child has a musculoskeletal concern that you think Physiotherapy may be able to assist with, please do not hesitate to call the clinic and ask to speak with me directly regarding the appropriate management.
I am a firm believer in creating a holistic approach to the patient’s management and therefore like to maintain contact with the family GP and refer to other allied health professionals (i.e. Podiatry) as required to get the best outcome. I have also had an increasing number of children attending clinical Pilates here. Clinical Pilates can have an incredible effect on a number of functional and fitness parameters including balance and hand-eye/foot-eye coordination and I do my best to make the session challenging and fun! I look forward to working with more children/adolescents in the future and expanding my knowledge base in this exciting area of Physiotherapy.