Common paediatric conditions that we treat
At our Cambridge clinic we specialise in musculoskeletal (MSK) paediatric physiotherapy. That is physiotherapy treatment for conditions affecting bones, joints, ligaments and tendons.
The sort of conditions a paediatric MSK physiotherapist can treat include:
Growing pains – a sudden growth spurt means that your child’s bones have lengthened rapidly. Sometimes it takes their muscles a week or so to catch up with this growth which can cause a painful pulling on the point where a tendon attaches muscle to their bones (traction apophysitis). Common places include the heels, knees and the front or back of the pelvis.
Fracture and surgical rehabilitation – children’s bones are more flexible than an adult’s and the ligaments that attach to them are actually stronger than the bone itself, so the type of fractures seen in children are unique to their age group. They also heal faster because their bones are still growing. Children who have physiotherapy following fracture or surgery often achieve a return to normal flexibility and strength more rapidly.
Sports injuries – sprains and strains can happen to anyone and the goals for treatment are similar to those of an adult but the approach is different, as physiotherapy sessions for kids need to be fun and interactive to help keep them interested and enthusiastic about coming to see us.
Assessment of in-toeing (feet turning in) – in-toeing is very common and rarely painful or problematic. It usually resolves as your child grows and treatment isn’t really needed in younger children. If it doesn’t improve by age 14, then exercises to strengthen the muscles around their hips can be helpful in some cases. We can assess and advise if your child would benefit from a programme of exercises to correct this problem.
Hypermobility – increased flexibility of the ligaments and tendons that support your child’s joints means than one or more of their joints might move more than normal. It’s more common in girls than boys and it’s not necessarily a bad thing, in fact having greater flexibility can be a huge advantage. To harness this potential we can teach your child how to stabilise and control the movement around their joints.
Scoliosis – mild sideways curves of the spine aren’t caused by anything your child has (or hasn’t) done, like slouching or carrying a heavy bag. They will need to be monitored while they are still growing but for lots of people it doesn’t cause significant pain or health issues into adulthood. We recommend clinical pilates exercises to release tight areas of the spine, improve awareness of alignment and strengthen internal muscles that help support and control the movement of the spine.