Childhood conditions

Childhood Conditions

These include some but not all common musculoskeletal conditions that affect children and teenagers:

  • Trauma injuries such as fractures, sprains and strains as a result from sports, falls, car accidents etc.

  • Gait problems, as children grow, they may develop an uneven gait pattern which can be improved with physiotherapy.

  • Pes Planus or flat feet can contribute to other problems such as knee, hip pain and balance issues. Orthotics prescribed by a chartered physiotherapist will help.

  • Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine. This can be helped with a specific flexibility and strengthening programme for the spine.

  • Talipes or ‘club foot’. This occurs when the ligaments and tendons around the foot and ankle tighten when a baby is born due to positioning in the womb. This makes the foot stiff to move. Physiotherapy stretches can help to restore full range of movement of the foot and ankle.

  • Erbs Palsy also known as brachial plexus paralysis. This is when the primary nerves that supply the movement and sensation to the arm are partially or completely paralysed causing weakness and limitation of movement. Physiotherapy helps to maximise the range of movement, strength and function of the affected arm.

  • Torticollis or ‘Wry Neck’ is a condition where tight neck muscles on one side of the neck limits neck movements. Positioning and specific stretches can help to restore full neck movements.

  • Hypermobility is when a child has an increased range of movements in their joints.

  • Juvenile Arthritis is a disease involving the immune system. It causes inflammation of joints, causing weakness and stiffness.

  • Knee problems are common in adolescents. Osgood’s Schlatter disease is an inflammation of the bone, cartilage and/or tendon at the top of the shin bone. Chondromalacia Patella is described as pain under and around the kneecap.

  • Growing pains are pains generally in children’s or adolescent’s legs often attributed to rapid growth.

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