Children can suffer with musculoskeletal conditions but these can vary from similar locations of pain within the adult population. A thorough assessment similar to the musculoskeletal assessment indicated can be performed taking into account normal developmental milestones and age related conditions which may present within the growing child.
At the end of an assessment the child and parent can be re-assured with advice, appropriate treatment or onward specialist paediatric referral if required. The paediatric musculoskeletal assessment would follow the same process as the adult assessment taking into account developmental changes.
The following factors will need to be assessed:
- Standing and foot posture
- Gait (walking)
- Alignment and position of lower limb
- Joint motion
What to bring:
- Parent or guardian.
- Current medication list/prescription.
- Shorts or loose clothing for ease of assessment.
- Everyday footwear (and/or training footwear).
- Any existing insoles/orthotics.
- Any relevant information regarding your problem/condition (e.g. X-ray report, blood tests, physiotherapy treatment plan).
What to expect:
- 30-45 minutes of assessment.
- History taking of medical, surgical, medication, previous treatment and injuries.
- Foot/ankle below the knee to be exposed for assessment.
- Area of complaint to examined (e.g. joint, muscle, tendon, ligament, etc).
- Walking a short distance to assess pattern.
- An appropriate treatment plan to be provided.
- Onward referral for specialist investigation if required.