Essendon Physio Group

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Children's Physio

Their body their future

At Essendon Physio Group we specialise in the growth & development of children's anatomy & recognise the importance of catering to the individual needs and characteristics of this age group, treating a range of pathologies.  

Osgood-Schlatter Disease

Is a painful condition affecting children and is probably the most frequent cause of knee pain in children aged between 9 & 16 years, but can also occur in younger children.  It is usually characterised by activity related pain that occurs below the knee cap or on the upper section of the shin bone.  Activities such as running, jumping, kneeling and squatting can cause pain.  The condition presents as swelling in the area, as well as tenderness to the touch and pain after or during activity.

Contributing factors:

  • Gender - seen mainly in boys though girls can be affected as well
  • Age - usually seen in growing children between 9 - 16 years
  • Involvement in youth sports
  • In a growth spurt


  • Avoid activities that cause pain for several weeks at least, then participate gradually
  • Apply ice packs to reduce pain and swelling
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises for quadriceps, hamstring and calf muscles
  • The condition may be present until growth has ceased

Sever's Disease

Is a condition where pain is experienced over the back of the heel.  Like Osgood-Schlatter disease, it is common in 9-16 year old's who participate in high impact sports that involve running and jumping, such as Aussie Rules Football, basketball, soccer, netball and dancing.  In the early stages, pain is experienced after exercise once the area has cooled down.  As the condition progresses, pain can also be experienced during activity.  Symptoms are usually at their worst following a growth spurt.

If your child is experiencing any of the above, please contact us for an assessment & treatment plan. 

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