The answer is No!

Children are little humans who are constantly going through the process of structural, physiological, neurological and psychological change. Trauma and illnesses affect them differently in comparison to adults. While prevalence of musculoskeletal conditions increases with age, young people are still affected and appear to be at greater risk during periods of rapid growth in early puberty.

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Why is this?

Children and teens have soft areas of cartilage (A rubbery like flexible material) at the end of their bones called growth plates. Growth plates are mostly located near the ends of long bones and allow for new bone growth. As kids continue to grow their growth plates begin to harden into solid bone – once a growth plate has completely hardened this indicates that bones are no longer growing.

These movement patterns can change from a number of things: a life event that has resulted in a decrease or increase of activity, a minor injury or even weight gain/loss.

What the therapist will look at?

To put it really simple, growth plates are a lot weaker than solid bone. Which is why it is more likely to sustain injuries of the same mechanism and affect children's bones in a completely different way to adult bones

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