Children and teenagers need to be active and participate in sports and physical activity.

Unfortunately injuries, aches and pains aren’t exclusive to adults. Children and teenagers are not ‘small adults’ and therefore need to be treated differently. The ability of the growing skeleton to with stand force and loading can change dramatically from month to month which means children can be susceptible to unique injuries whether ‘traumatic’ or ‘over-use’ as well as growth related problems.

Early Years

Changes in the musculoskeletal system as a child develops and grows are normal and structural differences can be seen when compared with other children or adults. They can be a cause for concern. Differences, particularly in the under-fives, can include flat feet, knocked knees, bowlegs, walking with toes inwards or outwards and walking on toes. Our team of specialist clinicians are expert in the assessment of such differences and can reassure whether they are part of the normal development process or refer for a further opinion and investigation if required.

Older Children and Teenagers

At Healthshare Clinics we have a number of Physiotherapists who have the specialist knowledge and skills to assess and successfully treat children and teenagers. Common conditions include orthopaedic surgery, fractures, knee pain, hip problems or ‘growing pains’ such as Osgood-Schlatters or Severs.

Across our team we also have experience working with Sports Injuries in children and teenagers of all abilities and activity levels from recreational up to elite and international level junior athletes.

Returning children to sport following injury is not always a straight forward process and, on occasions, further medical opinion and diagnostics are required. Our Orpington clinic is based in the LycaHealth Diagnostic and Treatment Centre. Through a team of some of the leading medical and surgical consultants in the south east we have rapid access to expert medical opinion and the latest in medical diagnostics with on-site services including 3T MRI, CT, digital X-Ray and Ultrasound Scans.

As a team we also have a wealth of expertise in practical and fun rehabilitation programs. Our fully equipped gym is an ideal area for rehabilitation and movement pattern retraining as well as helping increase your child’s fitness and activity levels.

Neurological and Developmental Conditions

Our specialist paediatric Physiotherapy team includes specialists who are highly experienced working with children who have developmental syndromes, neurological conditions or movement and coordination disorders. At present the specialist paediatric service for children with neurological or developmental disorders is only available at the LycaHealth Orpington clinic.

Babies / young children’s physical development varies. Different movement skills are acquired at different ages. Our paediatric team is experienced at assessing development to ensure that progress is within the normal range of variations. They evaluate how movement development could be assisted through positioning, handling and play. In some cases onward referral on for further investigation may be indicated.

Physical development of babies and children of all ages can be affected by conditions as Downs Syndrome, neurological disorders such as cerebral palsy, and co-ordination disorders such as dyspraxia.

Neurological disorders can occur when there is an injury or deficit in function of the brain, spinal cord or nerves. These disorders can be inherited, acquired during pregnancy, through trauma during birth or later on in life. Our expert physiotherapists can help when muscle tone and movement are affected.

Children with such developmental issues can benefit from the guidance of paediatric physiotherapists to assist with their movement development. This can be achieved through correction of faulty movement patterns and undertaking exercise based programs. This may incorporate coordination re-training, increasing balance and developing proprioceptive skills.

Home and Pre-School Visits

Our team of paediatric physiotherapists can arrange home and pre-school / school visits in order to work effectively with family members, carers and school staff as well as liaising with doctors, other specialist therapists and support workers. It is beneficial for everyone involved in the care of the child to be involved in the physiotherapy program. At Healthshare Clinics we take a holistic approach to ensure that the benefits of the physiotherapy program are incorporated into all aspects of the child’s life.

If you would like to discuss any specific details regarding your child then please contact us and speak with a physiotherapist.