ACUTE WRY NECK
The uncovertebral joints in the cervical spine do not form until around 8 years of age. This means that young children have a more unstable neck, as well as a larger head compared to body size, than adults. Trauma to the neck which results in an acute wry neck (such as a fall onto the head) can be a sign that quite severe damage has occurred to the upper cervical spinal joints. An x-ray is highly recommended in this situation. Cervical manipulation is contra-indicated in children under about 12 years of age for this very reason.
SLIPPED UPPER FEMORAL EPIPHYSIS
The child often presents with either severe acute knee pain or severe acute groin pain, and is unable to weight bear on the leg. Immediate x-ray is essential and if positive, hospitalisation is required. If the x-ray is clear, the diagnosis is the less severe Irritable Hip Syndrome, which responds to a couple of days’ rest followed by physiotherapy treatment for mobility and strengthening.
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We provide physiotherapy services to Beaumaris in Ocean Reef as well as across all the Northern Suburbs including Heathridge physio services, Currambine, Mullaloo physiotherapy, Joondalup, Connolly, Beldon and Iluka physiotherapy.