March 24, 2021

Research reveals why kids often don’t stick with physiotherapy exercises

Photo supplied by Chris Holt.

Young patients who don’t do their exercises tend to be one of the biggest challenges for physiotherapists, and a University of Alberta study reveals some of the reasons why.

Lack of time—and fun—are two of the main reasons kids with musculoskeletal conditions such as scoliosis, juvenile arthritis and sports injuries tend to shrug off their exercises, according to the research, published in the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy. 

Physiotherapists need to keep those and other factors in mind when prescribing treatment plans to help youngsters work out their aches and pains, said Chris Holt, who led the study for his master’s degree in Rehabilitation Science in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine.

Read the full article on Folio.