Coming to clinic

Coming to clinic - Physiotherapy

Information about your child's first appointment

The appointment
Your child has been referred for a physiotherapy assessment due to concerns about the development of their movement skills, or following an injury or presentation with pain.

Physiotherapists work with children with a range of physical needs making movement difficult in some way. We aim to encourage each child to be able to move as much and as well as they can, and to ensure that children do not grow up with physical problems that could be avoided. Physiotherapists work with children and their families and schools to help resolve these difficulties or to help children learn good strategies to manage their difficulties and be as independent as possible.

We are able to help children who have:

  • Gross motor development delay (not walking, problems with running, jumping)

  • Neurological impairment (such as cerebral palsy) or a physical disability affecting movement

  • Difficulties with balance and coordination

  • Musculoskeletal problems (injuries, strains, sprains)

We also work with children and young people who have complex health needs and require specialist equipment such as sleep systems, standing frames, and walkers to help them achieve as much as they can with their bodies despite their disability, and to be more comfortable.

The assessment
Your first appointment may last up to an hour and will take place in a local clinic. The physiotherapist will see your child and will carry out a physical assessment of muscle tone, range of movement, muscle strength, coordination, posture, balance and motor skills.

Please ensure your child comes appropriately dressed if they have an injury, such as shorts for a leg injury.

Please bring any relevant information with you, for example any reports or education plans.

What happens once the assessment is complete?
It may be that you and your physiotherapist agree that your child does not need to be seen again.

If your child needs further help, the physiotherapist will recommend the best way of providing this for your child. This may include advice, group sessions or individual sessions.

The physiotherapist will give you a home exercise programme to be done regularly; this may be sent to your child's school too. There may also be some pieces of useful equipment you could use with your child.

Once the treatment pathway is complete, your child will be discharged from the service. If any new difficulties arise, they can be re-referred.

Keeping appointments
There are many children waiting for a physiotherapy assessment.
If you are unable to keep an appointment please phone 020 8915 6424, please let the department know beforehand and they will rearrange the appointment. If you do not contact the department before your appointment, and you do not attend, your child will be discharged from the service.

Important information
Your child must be accompanied to the clinic for any appointment by a parent or responsible adult who has parental consent.

The accompanying adult must remain on the clinic premises for the duration of all appointments, (initial appointments, regular appointments or group appointments).

Therapists often have students working with them and you would be asked for consent before a student works with your child. Please let your dietitian know if you do not consent to your child being seen by a student. This will not affect the care which you and your child receive.

Therapists work in accordance with the 'Working Together to Safeguard Children' guide 2015.

Green Wrythe Lane Clinic is on the roundabout with the entrance door on Middleton Road, opposite the parade of shops. Parking in nearby roads is available, and the Physiotherapy reception is on the first floor of the clinic.