A Pediatric physiotherapist will often treat infants, children, and adolescents that are exhibiting delayed motor development, children with neurological disorders, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, or infant torticollis.
Cerebral palsy (CP) is an umbrella term denoting a group of non-progressive] non-contagious motor conditions that cause physical disability in human development, CP is neither genetic nor a disease, a vast majority of cases are congenital, coming at or about the time of birth, and/or are diagnosed at a very young age rather than during adolescence or adulthood. It can be defined as a central motor dysfunction affecting muscle tone, posture and movement.
Spina bifida is a birth defect. It occurs when the bones of the spine (vertebrae) do not form properly around part of the baby’s spinal cord. In severe cases, it can make walking or daily activities hard to do without help.
Infant torticollis or congenital muscular torticollis. Literally means “twisted neck” in Latin. In newborns, torticollis can happen due to positioning in the womb or after a difficult childbirth. This results in a baby with a tilted head or difficulty turning his or her neck. Some babies with torticollis also have developmental dysplasia of the hip, another condition caused by abnormal positioning in the womb or a difficult childbirth.