WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS OF JOINT PAIN?
Many children experience joint pain at sometimes in their childhood which may be due to a number of different factors common causes of joint pain include:
- Trauma as a result of actual injury e.g muscle strain.
- Overuse injury
- Pain due to hypermobility or laxity of joints.
- Pain secondary to poor posture.
Less commonly joint pain may be an indicator of infection or inflammatory condition such as juvenile arthritis or even an indicator of serious illness such as neoplasm.It is therefore important that the symptoms of joint pain are investigated especially if there is no obvious cause to the parent or child.
HOW CAN PHYSIOTHERAPY HELP JOINT PAIN?
Our team of specialist pediatric physiotherapist can provide a through assessment of a child's symptoms in order to establish the potential reason or cause of the pain. In cases where the causes are musculoskeletal in origin treatment will attempt to address the underlying cause of the joint pain such as weak or tight muscles poor posture. The physiotherapist may provide advice on pain management techniques, provides exercise to strengthen muscles & give advice injury prevention. If the causes of the pain is not identifiable or appears to be systemic in nature (e.g several joints affected) the physiotherapist may recommend referral back to a doctor in order in order to confirm a diagnosis or rule out serious illness before offering treatment .