Can Physical Therapy Help Pain Caused by Rickets?

If your child suffers from joint, bone or muscle pain from a recent or past case of Rickets, Functional Manual Physical Therapy can help!
Rickets is a disease of growing bone that is unique to children and adolescents. Rickets is a disorder caused by a lack of vitamin D, calcium, or phosphate. It leads to softening and weakening of the bones.
Vitamin D helps the body control calcium and phosphate levels. If the blood levels of these minerals become too low, the body may produce hormones that cause calcium and phosphate to be released from the bones. This leads to weak and soft bones.
The treatment of Rickets requires a team approach. Your child’s pediatrician will be instrumental in designing a treatment plan to restore the appropriate levels of Vitamin D in your child.
The role of the physical therapist will be to assist with improving posture, strength, and coordination of the body following the disruption of the normal musculoskeletal development.
When a child suffers from Rickets, they will often have pain in their bones which will lead to improper movement patterns and poor muscle development. Once there is a degradation of strength and posture, the body will make compensations. These compensations often lead to further development of symptoms such as muscle pain and cramping, problems with walking and climbing stairs, and overall decrease in athletic performance. A Functional Manual Physical Therapist will assess the child’s needs and work to correct postural alignment through education and strengthening the appropriate muscles that have become weakened. Various hands on techniques are used to reduce muscle pain and tension. Most importantly, a plan is developed for life long physical health and well-being to combat the ill affects that Rickets can cause.

Brad Gilden, PT, DPT, CSCS, CFMT has been practicing orthopedic & sports physical therapy since graduating from New York Medical College in 2000. He has worked in a variety of settings treating patients with various neurological, orthopedic and sports injuries. In 2004, he completed a clinical doctorate in upper quarter & hand therapy from Drexel University. He joined Elite Health Services as a managing partner and rehabilitation coordinator in 2005.
Elite Health Services, located in Old Greenwich, (and now Westport!) CT is a world-class provider of certified functional manual physical therapy, personal fitness, golf & triathlon performance training, massage therapy and wellness related services. Our team of highly skilled and dedicated professionals take a no-excuses approach to providing exceptional care and delivering exceptional results. To learn more visit www.EliteHealthServices.

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