- Referral to physiotherapy and occupational therapy are integral to the management of musculoskeletal disease; both inflammatory and non-inflammatory conditions.
- The physiotherapist will work to optimise joint range of movement, muscle strength and function alongside medical treatments.
- The physiotherapist will often work with an occupational therapist as part of the assessment and management plan. They also play an important role in helping young people to adjust their routine to minimise fatigue and interruption into school, play or sports activities.
Specific roles of the physiotherapist:
- Promote normal development and activity for all children.
- Assess and treat movement, joint stiffness, muscle weakness and abnormal walking patterns.
- Develop a personalised home exercise programme with patient and family.
- Liaise with school or preschool especially around physical activities.
Specific roles of the occupational therapist:
- Assess movement with physiotherapist and splint to maintain function if needed.
- Assess handwriting and provide programmes to increase movement, strength and developmental grips to optimise performance at school.
- Promote independence and activities of daily living e.g washing/dressing, attending school, play.
- Liaison with school to enable participation in lessons, exams, fatigue management strategies to maximise learning potential.