Children under the age of 16 years can now see a Children’s Physiotherapist without having to see their GP or Health Visitor first. A parent or legal guardian with parental responsibilities can fill in the request for assistance form below.
Physiotherapy can be particularly helpful if you have concerns regarding your child’s movement or physical development. Also physiotherapy is helpful for a number of musculoskeletal problems like low back pain, neck pain, recent injuries such as strains and sprains, or joint and muscular pain. It is important you give us as much information about your concerns and how it is affecting your child. Physiotherapy is beneficial for children who present with any condition which impairs their physical development and therefore functional potential.
How Do I Get Physiotherapy Help?
Fill in the Children’s Physiotherapy Request for Assistance Form and return it to:
Children’s Physiotherapy Service
AHP Office, Admin Area 4
Stirling Community Hospital
Stirling, FK8 2AU
Useful Links & Resources
|APCP Leaflets||The Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists has leaflets for parents on a range of conditions commonly referred to paediatric physiotherapists.|
|NHS Inform||Provides health information you can trust. There is a musculoskeletal zone which provides advice and videos for all common musculoskeletal problems.|
|Patient Information Leaflets||NHS Forth Valley patient information leaflets for Physiotherapy patients|
Completes the Form, What’s Next?
A Children’s Physiotherapist will process your form. We will then contact you to discuss the best course of action for your child. This may be to offer some advice, to make plans for an appointment or to signpost your child to another service based on the information you have supplied. Depending on the nature of your child’s condition they may be placed on a waiting list. If you have any concerns or their condition worsens you should make an appointment with your GP.
Over the counter painkillers can be helpful.
A pharmacist will be able to advise you on the appropriate medication. If symptoms worsen you may need to see your child’s GP.
Hot or Cold?
You can put ice on a recent sprain/ strain. Use a pack of frozen peas wrapped in a damp towel for 10 minutes.
Older injuries may respond better to heat and using a hot water bottle wrapped in a towel for 10 minutes reduces pain. Be aware that both hot and cold treatments can burn and that you need to check (every 5 minutes) that skin is not becoming very red or blotchy. If this happens, stop.
For further self-help information, you may find the following website helpful: www.nhsinform.co.uk