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Children's Physiotherapy

Children's physiotherapy service aims to help restore and develop a child’s movement and function due to accident, injury, disease or disability.

We work collaboratively with the wider multidisciplinary team, parents or guardians, and children to maximise a child’s physical ability and independence. 


Referrals are accepted for individuals from;

  • GP’s
  • Health Visitors
  • School Nurses
  • Acute and Community Paediatric Services
  • Allied Health Professionals

Contact information

Paediatric Physiotherapy
Paediatric Outpatient Department
Royal Derby Hospital
Uttoxeter Road

DE22 3NE

Telephone: 01332 785539


Musculoskeletal physiotherapy

Musculoskeletal physiotherapy aims to provide advice and treat children and young people with bone, muscle or joint problems, by giving tools to enable effective return to normal and sporting activities.

We offer knee ligament reconstruction;

  • ACL
  • ACL & Meniscal Repair
  • Medial/Lateral Collateral Ligament
  • Medial Patello-femoral Ligament (MPFL)
  • Quadriceps or Patella Tendon Repair


Respiratory physiotherapy

Respiratory physiotherapy aims to help those suffering from breathing disorders and difficulties through providing treatment and techniques to improve their ability to breathe and effectively clear their chest of secretions. 


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The Neurodevelopmental outpatient service is for babies and infants who are facing delay in their motor skills development, and are not yet achieving some of their motor milestones.

We may also review children who have musculoskeletal issues such as torticollis, flat feet or to review walking patterns, which may benefit from therapy assessment and input. We provide specialist assessments and analysis of movement difficulties, and provide advice and treatment strategies to help with any difficulties identified.

Treatment may include:

  • Advice on activities that can be incorporated in to everyday routines
  • Individual exercise or positioning programmes
  • Specialist equipment and orthotics
  • Signposting to relevant support services

The therapy team at Derbyshire Children’s Hospital also provide inpatient and outpatient care for children or young people with any acute neurological rehabilitation needs i.e. after an acquired brain injury or illness which affects the neurological system.

The therapist works closely alongside other members of the multidisciplinary team, to ensure children and their families are working together towards their goals of rehabilitation. They will also help to support a transition out of acute hospital care and in integrating back into the community setting.


Rheumatological physiotherapy

Patients with inflammatory conditions can be referred to children's physiotherapy to help monitor their development, strength and progression. The physiotherapist will assess and treat each child’s condition, and work closely with the wider multi-professional team to feedback to the specialists involved in each child’s care.

If required, your physiotherapist can refer to occupational therapy. The occupational therapist can assess and suggest alternative methods for your child’s ability to perform day-to-day tasks to help cope and manage pain.

Conditions often seen