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How Cerebral Palsy is Identified and Classified

| Paediatric

Cerebral Palsy or CP, is a neurological disability that affects movement, coordination and posture. ‘Cerebral’ refers to the brain and ‘palsy’ refers to a lack of muscle control. CP is a permanent life-long condition caused by damage to the developing brain either during pregnancy, shortly after birth or during a child’s first year of life. […]

The Transition into Adulthood for Young People with Cerebral Palsy

| Paediatric

Lindsey Hopkinson is a paediatric physiotherapist who works with children and young adults from birth to 18 years. In this blog post, she describes her main areas of focus when assessing and treating any young adult with cerebral palsy, to ensure they are working towards a transition to adult services: “One of the most important […]

How Paediatric Physiotherapists Can Help Children with Dystonic Cerebral Palsy

| Paediatric

Cerebral palsy describes a number of neurological conditions, which affect a child’s movement and coordination. Neurological conditions affect the brain and nervous system. Cerebral palsy is caused by damage to the brain, which normally occurs before, during or soon after birth. There are different ways to classify Cerebral Palsy depending on the presentation of your […]

Does Your Child Have Scoliosis?

| Paediatric

The term scoliosis refers to any abnormal curvature of the spine to the side. The spine is made up of vertebrae and is split into 5 different sections: The cervical spine is made up of 7 vertebrae and these are the bones that make up your neck. The thoracic spine is made up of 12 vertebrae and this is […]

Introducing Adaptive Snow Sports

| Sports Physiotherapy

Organising a holiday can be stressful at the best of times, but organising a holiday when a member of your family or friends has a disability, or if you have a disability yourself, can be even more problematic and can also have unexpected challenges. Just trying to find somewhere nice to stay is hard enough, […]

How Botox Injections Can Help Children with Muscle Spasticity

| Paediatric

Botulinum Toxin Type A is better known as Botox, a bacterium that is injected into adults and children who have spasticity (increased tone) in their muscles. Spasticity can be caused by neuromuscular conditions such as cerebral palsy, spinal muscular atrophy, muscular dystrophy, motor neuron disease and inflammatory myopathy. Spasticity in muscles can make them stiff […]

Does Your Child Have Foot Drop?

| Paediatric

Foot drop describes the inability to properly lift the foot and big toe when walking. Children will compensate in many ways to help clear their foot when walking and may walk in such a way where their limb movements are not completely repeated in the same way on the other side of their body. Foot […]

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