Babies to early childhood
It’s important that babies achieve the right foundation skills to help them achieve their milestones of sitting, crawling, and walking. When treating floppy or poorly-toned children, we use play practices that incorporate toys, props and other strategies. When treating Torticollis (which can occur in newborn babies due to tightness in the neck muscles), we use a series of basic stretches and simple daily routines to help straighten the neck.
Babies and children do sometimes get pain, and it’s important to seek advice if it persists. It can be worthwhile for one of our physiotherapists to assess a newborn baby for signs of neck pain following birth, and to check their spine, hips and feet. Toddlers and young children can often have dramatic falls that may affect their spinal alignment. If this is managed early, it may prevent issues as they get older.
Peace of mind
The growing body
Growing pains occurs mainly at night in children and adolescents. The pain can be in their muscles and joints and may be a result of fatigue or poor body mechanics. One of our physios can teach both parents and child stretches and other solutions to help alleviate these symptoms.
Osgood-Schlatter disease (tibial tubercle apophyseal traction injury) and Sinding–Larsen–Johansson syndrome are both growth plate injuries that occur around the knee. They often present in young active adolescents, and both can affect their ability to take part in sports. If treatment is mis-managed, or the pain and symptoms are ignored, the muscle attachment may rip off the bone during exertion, requiring surgery.
Sever’s disease or calcaneal apophysitis is the most common cause of heel pain, due to overuse and repetitive micro-trauma of growth plates in the heel. It occurs in children aged 7 to 15, with the majority of patients presenting between 10 and 14 years of age. Treatment includes foot correction with orthotics, massage, exercise modification, stretches and skill-based exercises to improve technique.
With the rise of childhood obesity and the early onset of Type 2 Diabetes in children, it’s important to seek professional guidance to encourage greater strength and coordination in your child. Children who are overweight are often found to have low levels of motor skills, and are often clumsy – and what can be perceived as misbehaviour is sometimes traced back to a lack of muscle tone, tight muscles, poor co-ordination and body self-consciousness. At Physio Gym, we’re able to set a program that children can practice at the gym under supervision, followed by a program for use at home.
Whether at school, during sports or at an after-school sports club, kids can sometimes get injured. If they’re limping, or protecting their shoulder, they may have a musculo-skeletal injury. It’s important not to dismiss the injury and assume that they will bounce back. Often the body will find a compensatory way to move, and once established it may be a hard habit to break, leading to problems later in life.
During their teenage years, some kids choose to pursue a professional career in sport. With more regular, committed practice, injuries such as tendonitis can occur, or biomechanical problems associated with technique overload, or badly-fitting gear and equipment.
Stay in sport
Dance and the growing body
Dance injuries often include ankle sprains, hamstring tendinosis, knee pain due to mal-tracking of the knee cap, and back injuries. Working together with the dance teacher, we are able to perform a full dance assessment and help manage a dancer’s return to classes. Matthew Squires, our principle physiotherapist, studied both ballet and cultural dance after completing university and is able to contribute his sporting physiotherapy knowledge to the dance world.