This is paramount when dealing with musculoskeletal problems and sports injuries in children and young adults. Children are not just little adults, their bodies are continually developing and adapting as they grow through key developmental growth periods and puberty. A Paediatric Physiotherapist has specialist knowledge of how this affects injury in a child and how best to rehabilitate the child through disease and injury, back to their full potential.
Musculoskeletal pain in children can be due to a congenital condition (which means the child was born with it), or it can occur during the growth and development of the child, which may produce bimochanical concerns. Or it may be caused by an actual injury that the child has sustained.
The initial sign that your child may be benefit from an assessment by a qualified paediatric physiotherapist is not always PAIN. Prior to complaining of pain you may notice that your child is intermittently complaining of a discomfort or ache. This may be when when they are walking or when they are participating in sports. Parents may often notice a change in the way a child walks or performs during sport as children often adopt compensatory techniques to avoid movements or postures that cause discomfort or pain.
Because young athletes are still growing, they are at a greater risk for injury than adults. The consequences of overdoing a sport can include injuries that impair growth, and may lead to long-term health problems.The young athlete is not a smaller version of an adult. Children’s bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments are still growing, making them more susceptible to injury. There are also significant differences in coordination, strength, and stamina between children and adults.
There are two main types of sporting injuries: Acute and Overuse Injuries. Acute sports injuries are caused by a sudden trauma, such as a twist, fall, or collision. Overuse injuries occur gradually over time, when a sporting activity is repeated so often, parts of the body may not have enough time to heal between playing. Some examples of overuse injuries include throwing injuries in the elbow or shoulder, achilles tendinitis, anterior knee pain and shin splints.
Whether an injury is acute or due to overuse, a child who develops a symptom that persists or that affects his or her sporting performance, should be assessed to prevent any further or long term damage.
At The Physio Hub we have vast experience in rehabilitating young athletes back to full fitness, not only to carry out day to day activities without any problems following injury, but for children to return to sport at full fitness. We not only assess, treat and rehabilitate, but we advise on injury prevention, training schedules and strength / conditioning training. We are also trained in the use of Kinesio taping specific to paediatrics.