Children can suffer from musculoskeletal issues just as adults can but the underlying reasons for these problems are generally different. Children are not just small adults from a musculoskeletal perspective.
Joint aches and pains can be related to factors including growth and activity. Many musculoskeletal issues causing pain or issues with activity can be treated effectively and quickly with physiotherapy. ‘Growing pains’ is often an umbrella term used for many different conditions that cause pain in growing children and adolescents.
Having a thorough assessment with a Specialist Paediatric Musculoskeletal physiotherapist can ensure an accurate diagnosis and safe and effective treatment plan.
Hannah Michael BSc (Hons) MSc MCSP HCPC Paediatric Musculoskeletal Specialist
Hannah trained at the University of Hertfordshire graduating with a BSc(Hons) Physiotherapy in 2000. Specialising in paediatrics in 2002, Hannah gained extensive experience working in the paediatric orthopaedic and paediatric rheumatology services at the Leeds General Infirmary.
In 2009 Hannah took on the post of lead paediatric rheumatology physiotherapist at Sheffield Children's Hospital. Here she gained advanced skills in performing intra-articular steroid injections for children with juvenile arthritis. Hannah returned back to work in Leeds in 2010 where she treats children and adolescents with a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions.
Hannah also gained an MSc in veterinary physiotherapy in 2005 and runs a busy private veterinary physiotherapy practice. She is involved in the training of veterinary physiotherapy students across the UK.