Don’t Ignore Pain In Children: The Signs To Spot Whether Your Child Needs Physio

Don’t Ignore Pain In Children

Children can sometimes be dramatic so it’s difficult to know whether their pain is as severe as they report. It is important to identify the true level of pain in children to prevent long term problems with the area caused by poor healing.

Take Jess (names and some events may have been changed to protect confidentiality).

Jess’ day had started out like most pony mad 12 year olds.

It was Saturday.

That mean’t a whole day playing with her pony.

Jasper was a scruffy, 14.2hh welsh section D. He had a cheeky nature and LOVED to jump.

Today was a special day. For her birthday she had received a lesson from a well known local showjumping trainer.

As she gobbled down her breakfast she waited in the car, growing impatient at her mum who was running 5 minutes late.

When she arrived at the yard she ran from the car and pulled her freshly cleaned tack ready for her lesson. She scrubbed Jasper’s coat until the black hair shone and donning her hat and body protecter she climbed on.

Then disaster struck.

As she made her way down to the arena the yard dog shot towards an unexpecting pheasant. The pheasant lifted to the sky, squawking loudly. Its heavy body sluggishly moving away from the impeding danger and narrowly missing Jaspers head.

Jasper spooked at the pheasant, shot forward and did a celebratory buck to congratulate himself on his survival.

Unfortunately, Jess couldn’t sit the buck. She flew up over his head and landed with a thud.

Jess noticed the pain immediately.

Her mum was following and rolled her eyes.

“Silly pony. Are you ok?”

“My wrist hurts” Jess explained.

“You’ll be ok. It’s just a sprain. Jump back on” her mum commanded.

Jess completed the lesson in tears, pain progressively worsening until the riding instructor called it off.

3 days later after Jess’ persistent tears and complaints her mum took her to A nd E. It was fractured.

This story is not uncommon. Particularly with children who can sometimes been a bit over dramatic with injuries.

The classic boy who cried wolf.

The problem is… you don’t want to miss something that need immediate intervention.

Like a fracture along a growth plate or a ligament tear that needs immobilisation.

So if you don’t fancy a long day in A and E a Chartered physio can save you time by reviewing them in clinic.

Moral of the story? Don’t ignore pain children. If in doubt get it checked out.


The Signs To Spot Whether Your Child Needs Physio

  • When to know if a child is telling the truth
  • Don’t ignore potential fracture
  • Bruising on swelling : need assessment
  • Pain in the morning
  • Joint pain in multiple joints. ie my wrists and ankles hurt.
  • Early management for growing pains.
  • Conditioning muscles as children/ adolescents grow
  • Dynamic stretches in some cases.
  • Specific trauma – fallen off bike, fallen out of tree
  • Look out for green stick fractures: deformity is not always present with these.
  • Persistently reporting pain, particularly in the same location.
  • Random large bruises with no trauma: straight to GP ( not Physio)


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