Children & Adolescents

Dr Eloise Matthews, Tony Page and Dr Lesley Nicol have a special interest in children and teenagers.  We are able to help your child/ teen with both musculoskeletal complaints and medical problems affecting their ability to exercise.  We are also able to provide specialist management of your child or teenagers exercise program to optimise the control of their underlying disease.

Specific musculoskeletal conditions that can occur in children and adolescents include:

  • Osteochondritis Dissecans – most commonly seen in the knee, then the elbow and sometimes seen in the ankle.
  • Traction apophysitis / osteochondroses which can cause heel pain, knee pain, hip pain, foot pain or wrist pain.
  • Hypermobility
  • Recurrent ankle sprains sometimes have an underlying cause such as a tarsal coalition, extra muscles such as an accessory Soleus.
  • Patellofemoral Knee Pain
  • Shoulder instability, dislocations, recurrent dislocations.
  • Bone stress/ stress fractures

 

Common medical complaints in this age group:

  • Breathing difficulties or abdominal pain with exercise
  • Missed or infrequent periods in females
  • Fatigue / Poor performance / multiple illnesses or injuries
  • Swollen joints and joint pain
  • Concussion
  • Cardiac disorders such as an arrhythmia with exercise

Chronic conditions for which we can prescribe exercise to help the management of the condition and advise on safe return to sport ( in consultation with your pediatrician/ sub specialist):

  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Myopathies
  • Epilepsy
  • Depression/ Anxiety
  • Cancer
  • Low bone density
  • Inflammatory conditions.
  • Haemophilia
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Connective Tissue Disorders ie marfans / ehlers danlos.