May 1, 2018

Paramedical Services for Children

Part of any claims analysis includes a look at what is driving claims.  We breakdown the overall claim costs by category to see if there is anything out of the ordinary that may require more attention.  One area that is often questioned is paramedical claims for children.
Paramedical services include treatments such as massage therapy, physiotherapy, acupuncture, psychologist services etc.  Often there is a perception that these are services that are used more as the body ages – to treat the aches, pains, and stresses that come with life.  It may be argued that children have not lived a long enough life yet to experience ailments and when they do, they’re so resilient that they don’t need such services. 
So why might a child have paramedical claims?  The answer is varied and is unique to everyone.  Here are some examples of why children may have paramedical claims:
Like Parent Like Child – Children of parents who are active users of paramedical services often follow suit.
Active Pursuits – Children who pursue sports and physical activities may require treatment to alleviate pain and assist with injury prevention and recuperation.
Learning to Focus – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a common condition in youth. It can be treated with drugs but other therapies such as massage or nutrition counselling can help children find a sense of calm and allow them to be more focussed at school, at play, and at home.
Biological Conditions – As much as we may wish and hope that all babies are born healthy, the fact is that some are born with conditions that may limit their physical development. Paramedical practitioners can assist with alignment, increasing muscle strength, and even improving breathing and organ function.
Accidents – Accidents can involve children as much as adults.  Getting children back on the right physical track is just as important as it is for adults.
Examples of Conditions Commonly Treated by
Paramedical Practitioners for Children
Spina Bifida Crohn’s Disease
Cerebral Palsy Sports Injury
Autism Spectrum Scoliosis
Neuromuscular Disorders Down Syndrome
Anxiety Leukemia
Chronic Pain Developmental Coordination Disorder
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