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Physiotherapy and Ooccupational Therapy For Neurodisability

Published January 2012

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What Were We Asked?

We were asked whether different amounts of physiotherapy and occupational therapy result in different outcomes for children with neurodisability.

Key Findings:

  • Physiotherapy is a key element of the treatment offered to children with a physical disability.
  • The evidence regarding the effectiveness of different doses (duration or frequency) of physiotherapy is very limited.
  • From the evidence that exists it appears that the question 'how much and how often should physiotherapy be offered' cannot be answered without further research.
This information is produced by PenCRU researchers and reviewed by external experts. The views expressed are those of PenCRU at the University of Exeter Medical School and do not represent the views of the Cerebra charity, or any other parties mentioned. We strongly recommend seeking medical advice before undertaking any treatments/therapies.