Children & Adolescents

      Pain is an ever realistic trend amongst the youth, as a result of the lifestyle demands placed on the growing child. Children with pain include the imbalanced athlete, the scholar with an over-loaded back pack, as well as the inactive Playstation/computer gamer, let alone the cellphone user. Early intervention and education to overcome these imbalances are key to prevent a future generation of poor posture and pain.

 

      All adolescents go through growth spurts. During this time, they can experience pain that may be worrisome to parents. In some cases, this type of pain can have a long term effect. Growth pains include Osgood Schlatter, Severs or Scheuermans disease. Teenagers can also get postural dysfunction and back pain during puberty. Your physiotherapist can assist you in identifying whether this pain will subside over time, or whether it could be more serious. Most teenagers respond very well to manual therapy and exercise.

  • Adolescents/Children with pain
  • Apophysitis
  • Scheuerman’s Disease

Adolescents/Children with pain

Pain is an ever realistic trend amongst the youth, as a result of the lifestyle demands placed on the growing child. Children with pain include the imbalanced athlete, the scholar with an over-loaded back pack, as well as the inactive Playstation/computer gamer, let alone the cellphone user. Early intervention and education to overcome these imbalances are key to prevent a future generation of poor posture and pain.

Apophysitis

Both Sever’s disease and Osgood Schlatter disease are what are called apophysitis. Apophysitis is the inflammation and irritation of the boney attachment of a tendon. Osgood Schlatter refers to the knee where the patella tendon attaches to the shin. Sever’s disease is the irritation of the achilles tendon on the heel. Both conditions are seen as a result of a couple of factors. These may include growth spurts or overuse/misuse injuries. Physiotherapy assists with managing pain, preventing future complications and rehabilitation to return to sport or function.


Scheuerman’s Disease

This condition, if left untreated, results in a postural deformity of increased “hunch” in the back. The disease results in the vertebrae “wedging” and associated pain in the middle and lower back. Scheuerman’s Disease is confirmed with an X-ray and is managed in collaboration with an orthopeadic surgeon. Patients complain of pain, and physiotherapy can assist with pain management, as well as strengthening to prevent further wedging and postural deformity.