Children and Physiotherapy

Children and adolescents can suffer just as much as adults from injury and insult to their musculoskeletal system. However, the good news is that there is a tendency for more rapid tissue repair, their skeletons are more resilient, their muscles, tendons and ligaments are stronger and more elastic, and unlike the adult, the joint cartilage has some blood supply enabling some joint injuries an ability to heal to some extent.

The growing skeleton does have very specialised growth zones at the end of each long bone. These growth zones (epiphysis) are relatively weaker then the rest of the skeleton and, therefore, can be vulnerable to injury. If damaged, an un-level growth pattern can be the result, creating future disability.

If a growth zone injury is suspected a referral back to your GP or medical specialist is necessary for further investigations and management.

Specialist Physiotherapists at BWT Chartered Physiotherapists recognise the need for expert assessment of Children’s injuries. Often the assessment, education, and home advice for self treatment is all that may be required to return your child back to enjoying their sports and play time.

 

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