Mark is an 18 year old young man with Cerebral Palsy of classification quadriplegia with athetosis with learning difficulties. Mark attends school three times a week where he has a postural management programme.
Mark’s family contacted Physio4Kids & Young Adults approximately 9 months ago. His main problem was severe pain associated with spasms in the back of his legs. This severe pain and spasms lead to admissions to Accident and Emergency.
Mark has weekly physiotherapy initially and now has fortnightly sessions. His carers are trained in his physiotherapy programme and carry it out on a daily basis. We are pleased that Mark’s pain levels have vastly reduced he rarely complains of leg pain or has spasms.
James was involved in a collision with a car whilst riding his bike; he sustained multiple fractures and soft tissue injuries requiring surgery. James had pins and plates inserted to his left hip, thigh and knee and was discharged home after several weeks in hospital.
Physio4kids & Young Adults provided hands on Physiotherapy and a tailored programme of exercises and stretches for James. After a few weeks, James’s mobility improved and he was able to return to school. James has particularly enjoyed carrying out fun balance exercises selected and supervised by the Physiotherapist, using the Wii Balance Board. This combination of Physiotherapy approaches has helped to strengthen James’s left leg, encouraging him to weight-bear through his left side and improved his balance.
Brenda, a seven year old with profound Cerebral Palsy and complex learning difficulties was being monitored in scoliosis clinic and her consultant was becoming increasingly concerned about her spinal posture. Brenda’s mother contacted Physio4Kids & Young Adults and regular physiotherapy sessions were offered alongside a strict postural management program. In less than 12 months Brenda’s strength and posture had improved so significantly that she was discharged from clinic as there was no longer any concern about her spine.
Jonathon is 5 years old and has Athetoid Cerebral Palsy. Jonathon was considered as high risk by the orthopaedic surgeons and major surgery (de-rotational osteotomy) had been discussed with his Mother. Jonathons’ family decided to increase his physiotherapy and contacted the therapists at Physio4Kids & Young Adults for support. After a year of intensive physiotherapy Jonathon had made such great progress that not only was he no longer at risk of needing surgery, he was actually discharged from the Orthopaedic clinic and advised just to continue with physiotherapy.
Angela suffered a major traumatic brain injury and was discharged home from hospital with profound physical disabilities. She was only just able to stand and transfer with a walking frame and was unable to walk. Angela has had support from Physio4Kids & Young Adults for the last 18 months and is now able to run, cycle, horse ride and generally enjoy an active lifestyle.