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Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Physiotherapy at the NOC

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Paediatric physiotherapy

What is paediatric physiotherapy?

Paediatric physiotherapy is for children under 16 years of age with a range of musculoskeletal and neuro-orthopaedic conditions.

Treatment is carried out in a child-friendly environment by specialist staff. Our paediatric physiotherapy team is experienced in the assessment and treatment of a range of neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, rheumatological and orthopaedic conditions and have access to a children's gym, dedicated child-friendly treatment rooms and a purpose-built hydrotherapy pool.

All physiotherapists liaise closely with the consultants and are often present in clinic to offer advice and guidance as appropriate. The team also includes physiotherapists based at the Children's Hospital who treat children undergoing orthopaedic surgery.

GP Referral Guidelines

Development Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH) Clinic

Our Extended Scope Practitioner (ESP) Annie Hurley co-ordinates and leads the Development Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH) clinic.

Developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) describes a variety of conditions in which the ball and socket of the hip do not develop properly, and therefore may require further treatment.

Babies' hips are ultrasound scanned at the DDH clinic and treated as appropriate.

Other Extended Scope Practitioner (ESP) clinics

Other ESP clinics cover general paediatric orthopaedics. Conditions such as plagiocephaly, torticollis, tip-toe walkers and talipes (structural and postional) may also be identified here and referred for treatment by our specialist physiotherapists using the Ponseti method.

We have a dedicated specialist spinal physiotherapist who offers treatment to patients with a range of spinal deformities referred by our spinal consultants.

We have a physiotherapist specialising in paediatric rheumatology, working closely with the rheumatology consultants and our multidisciplinary team, to provide ongoing support to children and families with a range of rheumatological conditions and long-standing pain.

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