Keeping Me Well - Cardiff and Vale University Hospital

Children’s Physiotherapy for
Metabolic Bone Conditions

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. 

Noah's Ark Children's Hospital for Wales, Ysbyty Plant Cymru

This new service, based in Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital for Wales, is for children with metabolic bone conditions such as:

healthy bone and osteoporosis bone - direct comparison
  • Osteogenesis Imperfecta (also known as Brittle Bones)
  • X-linked Hypophosphataemia
  • Juvenile Idiopathic Osteoporosis
  • And other rare metabolic bone conditions

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.

Keeping Me Well - Cardiff and Vale University Hospital

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