Developmental Disabilities

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Dr. Ushma Goradia has treated a wide variety of cases of developmental disabilities among children. Application of Physiotherapy for two of them: Cerebral Palsy and Spina Bifida are described below. A comprehensive assessment of your child would indicate the prognosis and possible treatment options. 

Cerebral Palsy (CP)
It is a term to describe a chronic condition affecting body and/or limb movement, motor control, and coordination. It is caused by damage to one or more specific areas of the brain during periods of brain development; there is usually no damage to the sensory or motor nerves controlling the muscles. The brain damage is not progressive; however, the characteristics of disabilities resulting from brain damage often change over time.

We can assess your child regarding their future development. From this assessment, we can counsel you how physiotherapy is going to be of benefit to your child.

Regular physiotherapy can:
  • Increase mobility for example walking, crawling, rolling
  • Facilitate normal development
  • Improve co-ordination, balance
  • Improve arm, leg, and head control
  • Strengthen weak muscles
  • reduce dependence on others
Spina Bifida
This condition results from the failure of the spine to close properly during the first trimester of pregnancy. Because of the paralysis that results from the damage to the spinal cord, people born with spina bifida may need surgeries and other extensive medical care.

The effects of spina bifida can impact enormously on a child's function; and physiotherapy should commence as soon as possible in order to maximize a child's potential and quality of life. Treatment will vary according to the severity of the condition. Our treatment may include:
  • Maximizing independence in functional activities such as standing, transferring and walking 
  • Provision of mobility aids and equipment to increase independence 
  • Exercises to maintain or improve muscle strength and length 
  • Preventing and minimizing secondary effects such as development of contractures 
  • Positioning and postural advice 
  • Teaching wheelchair skills to maximize independence 
  • Provision of appropriate orthotics 
  • Exercises to improve balance and coordination to prevent risk of falls
Activ Kaarya is a world-class clinic well-equipped with a wide range of equipment used for treating developmental disabilities. Experience matters! Check out Dr. Goradia's credentials.  Come visit us and experience the difference!