Types of fractures in children
- Greenstick – occurs when the bone bends and partially breaks. A child is susceptible to this type of fracture because their bones are soft.
- Transverse - the break is in a straight line across the bone.
- Spiral - the break spirals around the bone and is common in a twisting injury.
Diagnosis of a fracture
Fractures in children may present with non-specific symptoms and may only be revealed by an x-ray or other radiological tests. If your suspect your child has a fracture you should consult your GP who will conduct a thorough physical assessment to confirm a diagnosis.
Physiotherapy for fractures
Our specialist paediatric physiotherapists at Physio.co.uk are experienced at treating children following a fracture.
Your specialist paediatric physiotherapist will initially assess your child’s current symptoms and devise an individual treatment programme designed to help your child reach their maximum potential.
Physiotherapy treatment for your child will improve strength and reduce pain and stiffness following their period of immobilisation.
Physiotherapy treatment at Physio.co.uk will depend on your child’s needs but may include:
- Exercises to improve muscle strength and range of movement which are fun and stimulating
- Pain management advice such as use of heat and ice
- Gait re-education
- Education on normal patterns of movement for standing, walking and running
- Balance training
- Practising functional activities using a variety of toys and games
- Hydrotherapy to aid weight bearing and increased function
Your physiotherapist at Physio.co.uk can provide treatment across Greater Manchester and Cheshire, at our clinic, your child’s school or at your home for your convenience.
For more information on physiotherapy for fractures, or to book an appointment please call 0330 088 7800, or book online today!