boy hurt backA common pattern of body use adopted after an injury is pulling up when raising from a chair/ground or going upstairs/hills rather than pushing down to the ground (“like the feet pushing the earth away”). This is very important because it activates core stability which is very important to stabilise the spine whilst the movement task is performed. A baby naturally activates this when learning to move but often an injury causes a compensated pattern of body use to be adopted.

To ensure full healing and no re-ocurrence it might be as simple as instructing the child to push the earth away (i.e. Pushing feet into the ground when moving). Then this pattern of body use will become the natural subconscious preferred movement pattern of the body.

Professional assistance maybe required to help make this process practical so it is successful.