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What are paediatric orthopaedic problems?

Paediatric orthopaedic problems are relatively common and involve abnormal bone and joint alignments, especially in the lower limb. These problems can cause pain for the child and effect everyday activity such as walking. If untreated, symptoms can worsen and there can be future problems with the child’s growth and development.

Our physiotherpaist supporting with her balance and strength following an orthopaedic procedure.Above: Our physiotherpaist supporting with her balance and strength following an orthopaedic procedure.

What causes orthopaedic problems in children?

Most orthopaedic problems are caused by the child’s development. Slight variations of normal development can cause problems, especially in the lower limb. These problems can sometimes resolve themselves but physiotherapy can help, and is often required, to treat the problem.

What are orthopaedic problems in children?

Orthopaedic problems include:
  • Hip displacement
  • Knock knees/bow legs
  • Flat foot
  • Club foot
Symptoms of orthopaedic problems can include:
  • Lower limb pain
  • Pain during walking
  • Abnormal lower limb angles

What can physiotherapy do to help children with orthopaedic problems?

Physiotherapy treatments can help to relive pain and re-align the affected lower limbs. There are various forms of treatment that can be provided by our specialised physiotherapists at Treatment may include:
  • Gait (walking) re-education
  • Stretching
  • Strengthening
  • Manual techniques
In extreme cases where physiotherapy cannot solve the issue, surgery may be required. If this is the case, are happy to refer the child to a specialised surgeon.


Orthopaedic problems are commonly caused by abnormal development and can cause pain and create future problems. There are several treatments that our specialised physiotherapists can use to help improve paediatric orthopaedic problems.

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