The Physiotherapist will carry out a very careful, detailed assessment to determine the cause of the problem.
Conditions treated include:
- Osgood Schlatter's Disease – this is caused by excessive physical activity, especially when combined with growth spurts, before the bones have fully matured. The knee bone tendon repeatedly pulls at the point where it attaches to the tibia (shin bone) causing swelling and inflammation
- Sever's Disease – this is similar to Osgood Schlatter's but affects the Achilles tendon where it attaches to the heel bone.
- 'Growing pains'
- Chondromalacia Patellae – roughening of the cartilage behind the knee cap, common in adolescent females.
- Foot problems – these can be congenital (from birth) or due to biomechanical problems
- Posture-related pain – common in adolescents
- Sports injuries
- Scheuermann's Disease – is a derangement of the normal process of bone growth which causes the bones in the upper back to become wedge-shaped. It can cause pain and stiffness in adolescents