Have you ever wondered why your child gets injured more often than other children.There is mechanical strain if the body is not functioning in a balanced way. When functioning properly the body both generates force & releases force. If it is not releasing force an area can be overloaded then injury can occur. The solution to this problem is to isolate where the strain is originating. Treatment & body use instruction will allow the body to function in a balanced way.
When fatigued often a minor imbalance can cause an injury. This slight imbalance may not have been a problem but when tired an injury can result.
During a growth spurt often the growth of bone is at a different rate to other tissues like muscles. This can amplify an existing strain or cause a strain & injury.
Is my child’s knee pain a growing pain ?
Often the angle of the knee increases, not allowing the kneecap to track properly, which causes pain. The problem is often worse when tired, because the muscles have less control and don’t stabilize the movement. The problem can also be worse at times of growth as often there is a difference between the growth of different tissues. There is also more stress on the bones, joints and muscles at this time.
Sometimes knee pain is referred, eg/ often the hip refers pain to the knee in a growing child.
When kicking a ball the muscles involved in extending the knee can overload the insertion point on soft growing bone. This can be a source of temporary pain & cause the bone to react resulting in a prominence (Osgood Sclatter’s Syndrome)
For treatment to be effective the cause must be identified, allowing it to be addressed.
My child keeps complaining of pain in the hip. Is this a growing pain & what can be done?
It is unlikely to be a pain associated with growing. With growth often bone growth does not match muscle growth causing pain. This can be a source of temporary pain but if there is persistent pain this indicates that something else might be the cause.
If there is an isolated strain Osteopathic treatment removes a mechanical cause for persistence of this strain. Also, the way the child uses their body in the task or other activities of daily living needs to be assessed to ensure a recurrent cause of regular strain is addressed if it exists.
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What is a growing pain
A growing pain is often due to an area being stressed/overloaded due to different structures growing at different rates. This often causes symptoms in the stressed/overloaded region. Symptoms are temporary till the different structures stop growing. If symptoms are persistent this can often mean there is another cause. A very common cause is a mechanical imbalance causing some tissues to be overloaded & strain. Osteopathic Examination identifies areas of strain. Osteopathic Treatment releases this strain & allows your bodies structure to function well.
“As the twig is bent so the tree grows”
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The goal is for the child to grow out of strain & not grow into strain
How does you chosen sport potentially cause an injury
During a kick if the leg is not being held stable on the other side this can result in overload & injury. If there is not stability there will be no fixed point for the muscles to pull from causing the muscles to be recruited differently. For example, the knee can be strained due to excessive torsion. Another example, is a lower back strain because the pelvis & abdomen is not stabilised & supporting it.
What can be done ?
The cause for the strain must be identified. Often imbalanced function of the body will cause a chain reaction resulting in injury somewhere “downstream”. Osteopathic treatment focuses on finding the cause for the strain. Often a mechanical problem has to be treated then the patient needs to be shown how to use their body so strain does not occur. Then the body will then function to generate as well as dissipate force.
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