Six clues that your child needs a musculoskeletal exam:
If your child’s posture looks like the image on the right when they stand barefoot there is a significant biomechanical imbalance that needs to be corrected.
If there is uneven wear on the soles of their shoes, there is a foot function problem that needs to be assessed.
If your child already has bunions, like mom, dad, gran, or gramps, especially if one side is worse than the other. This will create future problems unless it is assessed and corrected.
If you child has recurring knee pain from netball, running, standing or jumping-their feet, knees, pelvis and spine need to be assessed.
If your child has recurring shin pain from soccer, running or being barefoot for extended periods – this may be due to pes planus (flat feet) and needs to be assessed.
Low back pain from standing or walking, is not normal in adults or children! Kids with on going or recurring low back pain, of more than 3 weeks duration, needs to be assessed.
Following the exams, our practitioners will tell you whether your child simply requires good functional footwear, or if there is an underlying biomechanical problem that can be addressed with exercises, treatment, orthotics or other (non surgical non pharmaceutical ) interventions that can treat the symptoms and prevent future problems.