How often will my child need physiotherapy?
This will vary depending on several factors including: type of condition, age of the child, family preference.
For some acute conditions your therapist might recommend that your child is seen on a regular basis, such as weekly, for optimal results. In some cases it might be that you are provided with activities to work on before coming back for a review and progression of activities if needed. For more long term conditions your therapist will advise and discuss with you what frequency of treatment would work for your child, you and the rest of the family. We can provide regular appointments or blocks of sessions.
Your therapist will regularly communicate with you and update you on the best frequency of physiotherapy sessions.
For how long with my child require physiotherapy treatment?
Again, this very much depends on several factors including: type of condition, age of the child, family preference, goals of treatment. It may be that only a few sessions are required or that longer term intervention is needed. At MCP we pride ourselves at being open and clear about what we hope to achieve and about a time frame for this to happen.
Following your child’s initial assessment your therapist will identify goals of therapy with you and your child. These goals will vary vastly for all individuals and their families. Your therapist will be able to give you an idea as to how long these goals will take to achieve and this will be regularly reviewed and discussed with you. Once achieved, these may be progressed or it may be agreed that there is no further indication for physiotherapy.
Is there any assistance with funding available?
We have links with local charities who have in the past generously provided support with funding sessions. If this is of interest to you please contact Sophie.
Where appropriate, we can provide information and support with applying to other charities for funding assistance if required. Please speak to us about this.
Should I stay for my child’s session?
For children that are of an age that they able to consent to their own treatment they are able to attend independently but it is advisable for a parent or carer to attend initial assessment in order to achieve a full clear, history. For younger children they must attend with a responsible adult for initial assessment.
Once sessions are established we are able to run sessions without an adult being present if it is decided that this is more beneficial. We ask that an adult with responsibility for the child brings them to the session, collects them at the end and remains in the building for the duration of the session. All of our therapists are DBS registered.
I am unsure whether MCP is the most appropriate place for my child’s physiotherapy
Get in touch! Our therapists have many years experience working with children of all ages with a wide variety of conditions. However, if we believe that it would be more appropriate for your child to be seen elsewhere we will be upfront and where possible provide recommendations.
I can highly recommend MCP. My son has hypermobility and MCP have worked with him for several years giving friendly expert advice and easy to understand exercise routines to work on at home.
Manchester Children’s Physiotherapy
Sophie Johnson, Paediatric Physiotherapist
BSc MCSP SRP APCP