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Slovenska pediatrija 2012; 19: 150-152


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PHYSIOTHERAPY AND QUALITY OF LIFE IN CHILDREN WITH HAEMOPHILIA

F. Tominšek
Enota za fizioterapijo, Pediatrična klinika, Univerzitetni klinični center Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenija

Abstract

Blood coagulation anomalies in patients suffering from haemophilia lead to bleeding into the joints and muscles. The role of the physiotherapist is to reduce the consequences of bleeding into joints and muscles and prevent further bleeding. Hospital physiotherapy is performed following acute haemorrhaging, focusing mainly on the affected joint or muscle. The aim of outpatient therapy is to preserve the mobility of all joints and strengthen muscle groups.In younger patients, health education for parents and their involvement in physiotherapy activities is extremely important. Regular and appropriate physiotherapy ensures a better quality of life for children with haemophilia. It is an important factor to enable active integration in daily activities, self-care during adulthood and a quality life for the whole family.

Key words: haemophilia, child, physiotherapy.


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