Anyone who has raised kids has seen the bad falls and unfortunate collisions that children have, not to mention what can happen in football, gymnastics, soccer, basketball or any other sport. These activities often cause a variety of injuries that can be symptomatic but usually are not. Most people think of bones as solid pieces of wood like a 2x4, but bones are actually quite flexible. When babies are born their bones have a much higher cartilage content that lets the bones bend so the baby can squeeze through the birth canal. After being born these cartilaginous bones begin to ossify (harden) and turn into adult bone which is less flexible. In fact, early childhood fractures are usually called “Green stick fractures” where the bone splinters a bit on one side but is intact on the other, just like if you took a green branch and bent it. This bone hardening process slowly progresses until somewhere from 18 to 25 years of age. During this “flexible phase” it is much easier for the body to twist, bend and adapt to injuries which often keeps them from being painful for any significant period of time. Symptomatically, there is a pain that usually resolves within a few days but the imbalance remains and forces the body to adapt or grow around the problem. Most of the adult injuries I see are not initiated by heavy lifting, falls or from some other type of direct trauma but by merely tying shoes, sneezing, bending or some other typically normal action. Incomplete healing of childhood injuries is one of the primary reasons why so many people have pain problems later in life without having an injury event. These cases often represent old injuries that were never fully treated and never fully healed. My kids get checked periodically for any hidden problems and I recommend checkups for kids after any sport season ends or 3-4 checkups a year. This helps ensure that nothing significant is wrong and helps to provide them with a strong foundation for a healthy journey into adulthood.
Together, Chiropractic care and Applied Kinesiology can often help relieve a variety of childhood problems such as:
- Ear infections
- Recurrent illnesses and injuries
- And many others