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Orthopedic Conditions and Sports Injuries

Orthopedic Conditions and Sports Injuries 2019-01-14T17:32:37+00:00

Paediatric Physiotherapists treat a variety of orthopedic conditions including:

Sports Injuries

Sports Injuries can occur from any type of sport or exercise.  These injuries can be anything from bone fractures, to muscle sprains, ligament strains, muscle tightness, weakness, and joint pain. 

Hip Dysplasia

Hip Dysplasia is a condition in infants with laxity or loose ligaments around the head of the femur at the hip joint.  This is often recognized by a physician at birth, however, can be come apparent later usually with asymmetry, a clicking hip, or decreased range of motion at the hip joint.

Brachial Plexus Injury

Brachial Plexus injury is usually present at birth or following a motor vehicle accident.  This is due to a stress, compression or tearing of the nerves at the base of the neck as they travel into the shoulder and arm.  Children have loss of sensation and movement of the muscles in the arm and hand that are supplied by those nerves.


Scoliosis is when there is a curvature of the spine.  While this is diagnosed and monitored by x-ray, a child may complain of pain in their back, and parents may notice asymmetry of shoulder blades, hip bones, or a hump in the ribs on one side of the back.

Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease

Perthes disease is a disorder that affects a child’s hip joint. You may notice your child is limping, has less range of motion in their hip and/or complains of pain in their groin, thigh or knee, especially with activity.

Osgood Schlatter’s disease

Osgood Schlatter’s disease is a condition that occurs in children and affects the cartilage on the lower leg bone called the tibia. Your child may complain of pain and discomfort just below the knee that is worse with activity and improves with rest. You may notice swelling or a bony prominence below the kneecap.

Sever’s Disease

Severs disease is a condition that causes heel pain in children.  Your child may complain of pain or tightness in the lower calf and heel area with activity, especially when playing on hard surfaces or wearing rigid footwear such as cleats.

If you suspect your child may have an orthopedic condition you should seek out an assessment by a Physiotherapist specialized in the assessment and treatment of paediatric musculoskeletal conditions.

Physiotherapy Treatment for Orthopedic Conditions at Butterfly:

Our Physiotherapists will perform a comprehensive assessment of your child. This may involve observing body alignment and posture, range of motion, strength, sport specific abilities, sensory development and your child’s ability to complete gross motor skills.

A treatment session at Butterfly may include some of the following:

  • Education
  • Pain management techniques
  • Advice on proper footwear, bracing, gait aids
  • Postural and Gait re-training
  • Treadmill training
  • Positioning
  • Stretching and flexibility
  • Strengthening program
  • Balance and Proprioception
  • Sport Specific conditioning and skills practice
  • Activity modifications and return to activity planning

Why Butterfly?

We understand an orthopedic condition can be concerning for you as a parent. Butterfly Physiotherapists are trained in orthopaedic injuries typically experienced by children and can provide you with the support and education you need to help your child overcome this issue.

To book an assessment or for more information on Orthopedic Conditions please email or call us at (905) 206-0300.