Kids are not mini adults!
They have different anatomy and injuries from adults, and therefore, need a different approach to treatment by health professionals who have experience in being able to accurately diagnose and rehabilitate children.
Common musculoskeletal (MSK) injuries in children may include fractures, sprains, strains, growth plate injuries, and overuse injuries. Fractures, often seen in active children, require careful attention due to the developing nature of their bones. Growth plate injuries, occurring at the ends of bones, can affect the bone’s growth, demanding specialized care to avoid complications like limb length discrepancies. Overuse injuries, a result of repetitive stress on muscles and joints, are also increasingly common in young athletes due to intense training schedules.
Physiotherapy interventions for active kids are tailored to a child’s unique needs. Therapists employ various techniques, including exercises, stretches and manual therapy. These approaches aim to reduce pain, restore mobility, improve strength and flexibility, and facilitate optimal healing.
Educating both children and their families about injury prevention strategies is an essential aspect of treating active kids. Teaching proper warm-up techniques, emphasizing the importance of rest and recovery, and guiding on appropriate exercises can help minimize the risk of future injuries.
At Kendal Physio, several of our therapists have attended post graduate training courses in paediatric physiotherapy and are working towards being registered on the kids back to sport website. Our aim is to support children in their journey to regain function, return to activities they love, and foster long-term musculoskeletal health.