As their bodies develop and grow, children and adolescents can be particularly vulnerable to overuse injuries. As your child matures, their bodies experience a huge amount of physical change, with boys growing on average 10-30cm while girls grow 5-20cm on average.
Growth spurts during this time can cause temporary problems with strength and co-ordination as they get used to longer limbs. These changes can cause physical discomfort and muscle injuries as their bodies struggle to adapt to the demands of playing sport. If the underlying cause for the pain remains untreated, the condition can progress to affecting a child during day to day activities such as walking up and down stairs.
Here at Somerton Physiotherapy we prescribe specific exercises to target the exact areas in need, in order to strengthen their bodies. This insures that they continue to enjoy the benefits of sport and physical activity.
Common child and adolescent conditions:
- Knee pain (Osgood Schlatter’s, bipartite patella, ligament injury, Sinding-Larsen-Johansson syndrome)
- Ankle/Heel pain (Severs, ankle ligament sprain, Achilles tendon irritation, stress fracture)
- Back Pain (scoliosis, stress fracture, facet joint irritation)
- Hip pain ( hip impingement, avulsion fracture, hip dysplasia)
- Muscle tears
- Shin splints / Tibial stress syndrome