Sunday, May 29, 2011

Growing Pains in Children

Just have been having to deal with the issue of growing pains in the children. Growing pains in children have a very specific definition – its unexplained pain usually at the back of the knee and upper calf muscles that occurs at night. The cause is thought to be fatigue and sleep related, so is probably a biochemical problem. The real problem with the term growing pains is that any leg pain can often be written off as being a “growing pain” and they will grow out of it. There are several potentially serious (and not common) that cause pain in the leg. This means that every leg pain in the child is not growing pains and must be checked out. I only raise this as a child I know was repeatedly dismissed as having growing pains and it turned out to be an osteosarcoma. If the pain occurs in the day time or in the bone and is not relieved by gentle massage, then its not growing pains.

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Sunday, May 01, 2011

Manipulation for Cuboid Syndrome

Cuboid syndrome is an interesting condition with many different understanding about what exactly it is; what causes it; and how to treat it. Everyone seems to have an opinion on cuboid syndrome. Is it a subluxed cuboid? Or is it just a strain of the ligaments about the joints the cuboid is involved in. Opinions are also divided on the value of cuboid manipulation. For some it’s the only treatment, for other cuboid manipulation is dangerous if not done properly.

Personally, I actually have no idea exactly what cuboid syndrome is. It does seem to respond to strapping foot orthotics and gentle manipulation. The manipulation does seem to work some times, but not at other times.

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