The incidence of limping in children is 1.5 to 3.6 cases per 1,000 children, with some variations in children from different countries.
The cause of a painful limp needs to be evaluated and diagnosed by a general practitioner or pediatrician by means of physical exams, laboratory testing, blood work and imaging studies. However, if the limp or gait disturbance is not painful, but still persists, then a hands-on manipulation approach can be very useful to reduce the limp.
Physiotherapy and osteopathy employ a multitude of muscle and fascial/connective tissue release techniques that can lessen the connective tissue distortions that result in a limp or gait disturbance.
If you are concerned about a limp, bring your child in for an evaluation and assessment. Treating a limp will improve your child’s gait and allow him or her to be more active in sports and lead a more full and healthy life.