Paediatric musculoskeletal system

Dates: 27-28 February 2021

Course leader: Arabella Gaunt

Cost: £218-£270


About the course

This course focusses on the process of differential diagnosis in the paediatric population from the neonate to teenagers in relation to the musculoskeletal system. The course will cover case history taking, potential red flags and examination of the paediatric patient presenting with a potential musculoskeletal complaint.


Osteopathic Practice Standards (updated) and other CPD elements covered

A) Communication and patient partnership-A1,A2, A3, A4, A5,

B) Knowledge, skills and performance - B1, B2, B3, B4

C) Safety and quality in practice - C1, C4, C6

D) Professionalism - D10


Communication and consent

This course includes 30 minutes covering the specific requirements regarding gaining consent when treating children of different age groups.


Learning outcomes

  • Extend your knowledge of musculoskeletal (MSK) development throughout childhood and adolescence
  • Understand gait development
  • Revise common MSK pathologies and injuries specific to the paediatric population differential diagnosis and management
  • Learn paediatric red flags
  • Discuss the active/inactive teenager
  • Learn how to perform a MSK assessment in children-Introduction of pGALS
  • Broaden your knowledge base regarding rehabilitation and management of paediatric patients/consider hands off treatment approaches
  • Improve your paediatric case history taking and examination techniques
  • Gain an understanding of evidence-based approaches to diagnosis and management of the paediatric patient
  • Learn from the discussion of case-based examples of paediatric MSK presentations



Day One

09:00-09:30 Registration

09:30-11:00 Development of the MSK system and motor milestones, childhood fractures & Non-accidental injury

11:00-11:15 Coffee Break

11:15-12:30 Gait development and common associated pathologies & differential diagnosis of the limping child

12:30-13:30 LUNCH

13:30-14:00 Gaining consent to examine children

14:00-15:00 Paediatric MSK examination- pGALS protocol

15:00-15:30 Coffee break

15:30-17:00 Knee, hip and heel pain in children and associated red flags

17:00-17:30 Questions and summing up


Day Two

09:30-10:00 Revise pGALS protocol

10:00-10:30 Torticollis and head shape asymmetry

10:30-11:15 Lumbar spine pathologies in adolescents

11:15-11:30 Coffee Break

11:30-12:30-Identifying ‘Growing Pains’ (Benign idiopathic nocturnal limb pains of childhood)

12:30-13:30 LUNCH

13:30-14:30 The active child vs inactive child-common pathologies and management options

14:30-15:00 Hypermobility and BJHS (Beighton Scale and Brighton Criteria)

15:00-15:15 Coffee Break

15:15-16:30 Scoliosis and Scheurmann’s disease

16:30-17:00 Strabismus and concussion protocols for children

17:00-17:30 Questions and summing up


Course suitability

This course is suitable for GOsC registered osteopaths who are interested in learning or consolidating their knowledge of the paediatric musculo-skeletal system.

About the course leader

Arabella Gaunt qualified as an Osteopath from the BSO with distinction in 2011 and completed her Paediatric diploma at the Osteopathic Centre for Children in 2013.  Following this she gained an MSc in Sports Medicine from QMUL.

She currently teaches both undergraduate and postgraduate students at the UCO where she is a Clinical Teaching Fellow. Arabella runs a list in the UCO Children’s clinic as a tutor and also leads the UCO Sports Clinic. She also works in private practice where she treats a mixture of adults and children.


Cancellation policy

The UCO regrets that no refunds can be made for cancelled places unless a substitute participant can be found.  The UCO cannot guarantee that any course will run. In the event of your course being cancelled, all paid fees and deposits will be refunded in full.