Physiotherapy for Teenagers & Children in Adelaide
Teenagers and upper primary school aged children can experience pain and growing issues that require Physiotherapy. Our team of Physiotherapists are skilled in helping growing teenagers with their sport, activities, posture and help them throughout their developing years.
Teenagers who play sports can lead very active lives with busy training schedules and often have more than one sport or team they are involved in. It’s not uncommon for teenagers to over-train, strain or injure themselves during games or training.
Often the focus in training is sports specific skill development. As teenagers and children’s bodies are still growing they need to have time to recover. Coaches and parents alike often push children and teenagers to excel in their sport and sometimes their bodies are pushed beyond their limits. Teenagers can also develop overuse injuries from repetitive activity or even repetitive inactivity.
You may not have a sporty teenager, rather one who prefers to be indoors playing computer games, scrolling through their mobile phones at every opportunity or doing homework or watching movies or you tube videos on their laptop computer on their bed or on the couch – mostly with poor posture. These teenagers are suffering from repetitive inactivity and can develop muscle imbalances, posture pain and sore tight muscles and even over-use inflammatory issues in soft tissues that physiotherapy can help address. Simply getting up and moving out of these positions will not be enough to reverse the postural imbalances that are developing.
City Physio answers the question- when does your teenager need physiotherapy? If you have pain it is important to be assessed by a physiotherapist as soon as they present to avoid further injuries.
There are many common injuries specific to teenagers:
- Achilles Tendonitis Tendinopathy – pain at the back of the ankle and abnormal strain and loading to the inner aspect of the Achilles tendon due to excessive rolling in of the foot.
- Anterior Ankle Impingement – pain at the front of the ankle joint
- Knee Bursitis – inflammation in the bursa inside the knee and around the knee
- Femoral-acetabular impingement – pain at the front of the hip
- Gluteal Tendinopathy – is a common cause of pain at the side of the hip
- Greater Trochanteric Hip Pain Syndrome – pain at the side of the hip
- High Ankle Sprain – sprain of the syndesmosis that connects the tibia and fibula bones together in the lower part of the leg
- Hip Labral tear – damage to the cartilage surrounding the hip joint
- Iliotibial Friction Band Syndrome – commonly called runners knee – pain at the outer the side of your knee joint
- Pes Planus – flat arch of your feet
- Tibialis posterior tendinopathy – excessive load on this arch stabilising muscle
- Plantar fasciitis – excessive load on the plantar fascia supporting the arch of the foot
- Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome or commonly called Shin Splints – excessive foot rolling in causes your lower leg muscles to apply altered force to the tibia bone
- Patellofemoral pain syndrome – Poor ankle biomechanics prevents the normal movement of the kneecap resulting in pain at the front of the knee
- Plica Syndrome – synovial membrane on the inner knee that flicks over the medial epicondyle of the tibial bone
- Posterior Ankle Impingement – pain at the back of the ankle, common in ballet dancers, gymnasts, and footballer players
- Retro-calcaneal bursitis – inflammation of the bursa at the back of the ankle
- Severs Disease – inflammation of the growth plate in the heel of children and teenagers
- Spondylolysis – stress fracture of the lumber spine
- Sprained Ankle – over stretching of ankle ligaments commonly after rolling your ankle
- Stress Fractures of the foot – compression of the Tibial Nerve as it travels through the Tarsal Tunnel in your foot
- Compartment Syndrome – excessive blood pressure within the arm or leg after an injury or direct trauma
- Growth related pain often occurs at the hip, knee or ankle joints and can cause pain with sports or movement. City Physiotherapy Physiotherapists are highly qualified at identifying teenagers’ specific issues and will provide the correct physiotherapy treatment, rehabilitation exercises, and can refer for appropriate scans, including x-rays, US scans and MRI if required.
Teenage Strength and Conditioning & Lifting Weights
More and more teenagers are going to the gym or lifting weights at home without professional supervision or may be using improper lifting techniques. Most injuries relating to strength training or lifting weights, including epiphyseal plate fractures and lower back injuries, are to related to misuse of equipment, lifting weights that are too heavy, improper technique and form or not understanding how the exercises should be performed. Our Physiotherapists are experts in strength training and can teach your teenagers proper exercises and lifting techniques, good body form, assist with progression of their exercises to avoid overtraining and safe equipment use.