Musculoskeletal System

Our Specialist Paediatric Physiotherapists are trained and have experience in assessing and treating children with musculoskeletal conditions.

The musculoskeletal system is made up of all of the bones, muscles, joints, cartilage, tendons and ligaments in a person’s body. The bones provide the body with a framework, giving it shape and support. Bones also protect the internal organs such as the lungs and liver. Muscles make deliberate movement of a body part possible. Joints, cartilage, tendons and ligaments connect the bones and muscles in the body together.

Children, from babies, through childhood, into adolescence can experience a variety of musculoskeletal problems. These may be related to injury, growth, biomechanics, posture, inflammation or as a result of an underlying condition.

It is important to remember that …
Children are not simply ‘small adults’, their musculoskeletal system continues to grow and develop in most up to 18 years of age, for some it is even longer! There are growth plates that are active in all bones during the growing years. The growth plates in bones are active at different times of children’s development, making them susceptible to different growth-related conditions and sports related injuries at various stages of childhood.

It is essential that your child is assessed and treated by a Specialist Paediatric Physiotherapist who understands this and the implications for treatment and management of the child’s condition.

Sports, musculoskeletal and traumatic injuries in a child are managed differently to similar injuries in an adult due to different healing times, mechanical forces, and the growing skeleton.

These are some of the conditions involving the musculoskeletal system that Specialist Paediatric Physiotherapists commonly treat.

We would be happy to discuss the concerns that you have for your child and how we can help:

  • Injury to muscles, joints, ligaments, soft tissues
  • Growth related conditions
    • Sever’s Disease
    • Osgood Schlatters Disease
    • Plantar Fasciitis
    • Sinding-Larsen-Johansson Syndrome
  • Sports and activity-related conditions
    • Knee and ankle sprains
    • Ligament injuries
    • Muscle strains and tears
    • Anterior knee pain
  • Walking and gait
    • Abnormal gait
    • Altered foot and lower limb biomechanics
  • Torticollis and Plagiocephaly
  • Neuromuscular Conditions
    • Muscular Dystrophies
    • Myopathies
    • Muscular Atrophies
  • Charcot-Marie Tooth disorder
  • Back Conditions
    • Postural problems
    • Scoliosis and kyphosis
    • Back pain
  • Inflammatory conditions
    • Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA)
  • Hypermobility
  • Rehabilitation following:
    • Fracture, trauma or broken bone
    • Orthopaedic surgery
    • Sports or activity related injury

» Musculoskeletal Conditions