This Monday, Clara had a routine appointment with her physiatrist. And the doctor was really impressed and the medical evaluation was very positive! I´m very glad how her lower back is now and her elbows too and generally with her motor skills development and physical achievements.
– Slight flexion of the right elbow, more evident in the left elbow
– Reflexes present and symmetrical
– Gait with sharp hyperlordosis, but reduced since than evaluation (December 2014)
– Better postural control
– Gait with more balance and agility
– No lateral deviations of the torso
– Polyarticular instability
Because this evaluation is of a child, with 32 months, that has achondroplasia, the physical results are significantly very good. She has a significant hyperlordosis comparing with a common child, but for achondroplasia, it´s very slight, reducing a possible spinal cord aggression by compression. The physiotherapy results are showing up!
Clara has physiotherapy twice a week and has a swim class once a week . As parents, we are constantly working with her at home, not as something forced, but doing exercises while she is playing or creating challenges at home: climbing the house stairs, working her abdominal musculature giving her toys or objects to grab while she is sitting, in a lateral and frontal movement, etc.
Well, in my opinion, parents are crucial in the physiotherapy work and its advances, by doing activities at home and actively participating in the child physiotherapy sessions, knowing what is done and learning the exercises to adjusting them at the daily home life. Having a great physiotherapist working with the child is crucial too!