Musculoskeletal Injuries: e.g. Ankle sprains, Patella dislocations
Paediatric musculoskeletal physiotherapy focuses on the assessment and treatment of paediatric orthopaedic conditions for children. Children are susceptible to musculoskeletal injuries, just like adults. Early diagnosis and management of these injuries will facilitate their recovery.
Some of the common conditions that paediatric physiotherapists treat:
- Growth-related conditions such as Osgood-Schlatter’s or Sever’s Disease
- Injury to the growth plate is a concern for kids and teens, especially those who play sports. The growth plate (physis area) is the area of developing tissue near the end of the long bones.
- While many growth plate injuries heal without any lasting effects, there can be complications or more severe injuries such as a fracture at the area. An orthopaedic doctor will probably use X-rays to determine the type of injury and determine a treatment plan
- Physiotherapy is usually an important part of conservative treatment and will prescribe specific stretching, strengthening and advice on pain management and gradual return to activities
- General back and neck pain or Posture-related conditions
- Due to increasing use of technology, there are a high number of children presenting with poor postural habits and pain associated with this
- Education on correct screen habits and posture is important, together with a strengthening programme for the core
- Ankle or Knee sprains
- A sprain is an injury to a ligament. A ligament is the tough, fibrous tissue that connects bones to other bones and provides stability to joints.
- Ankle sprain: Most ankle sprains happen when the foot abruptly turns inward or is pointed down, which typically results in rolling on the outside of the foot. One or more of the lateral ligaments are usually injured, typically the anterior talofibular ligament (ATFL)
- Knee sprain: A knee sprain can occur from a fall, tackle, or other contact injuries. The most common sports-related knee sprains involve the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) or medial collateral ligament (MCL)
- Rehabilitation after sprains is important to facilitate safe return to activity and to ensure that recurrence of the injury does not happen.
- A fracture is a partial or complete break in the bone. When a fracture happens, it is either open or closed. Wrist, elbow and ankle fractures are the most common fractures in children.
- A child with a broken bone may have pain, swelling, and trouble moving the injured area. Treatment may include a cast or splint, pain medicine, or surgery. The treatment plan will be determined by your doctor.
- Most children heal well from fractures. In some cases, the doctor may refer for physiotherapy once the bone has healed to improve stiffness or to strengthen the weakened muscles in the area
Our physiotherapists are highly qualified and trained in the assessment and treatment of all types of musculoskeletal injuries. Let our Physiotherapists at Women & Children Centre help your child with their condition.
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