Metabolic bone conditions are caused by abnormal levels of the bones’ ‘building blocks’, such as calcium, phosphorus or vitamin D. This causes bone weakness and affects the normal development of bones, leading to fractures, bony deformities and muscle weakness, which affects children’s function and mobility.
This new service, based in Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital for Wales, is for children with metabolic bone conditions such as:
This multi-disciplinary team led by a Paediatric Endocrinologist includes a Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist, Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Psychologist, Pharmacist and a Dietician.
The physiotherapist works alongside the team to assess, advise, educate and provide specialist intervention to patients and their families.
Referrals are made to physiotherapy colleagues working in local settings closer to home as required. We aim to work collaboratively and are keen to support local therapists, as well as children and their families, to empower their management of these conditions.
Referrals into this service are via GP or Consultant referrals to Paediatric Endocrinology.
There are useful resources and information leaflets for families and children with osteogenesis imperfecta on the Brittle Bone Society website, which are created by POINT, a national group we work with.
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