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FREE Child Spine Check

- Does your child have a level pelvis? 
- Does your child have a straight spine?
- Can you see a side curvature /scoliosis?
- Is there a leg length difference?


Your child may be eligible for our RESEARCH of 
leg-length difference, pelvic tilt and scoliosis.

 

We are researching a new technique to increase bone growth in length in children aged 6-12 years with a leg-length difference (LLD) of 7 mm or more via Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health. 
 
Children could benefit from levelling their leg-length in our research study of low-intensity vibration (LIV) to stimulate bone growth in length starting in Kensington W8 in February. 
Book a baseline assessment with our physiotherapists at Kensington, outside school hours if you wish to be considered for inclusion in this research study.
We have previously gained 10 mm in leg-length over three months in a child with a pre-existing leg length difference (LLD) and our new study will investigate 50 children to minimise LLD and compensatory scoliosis.

We are researching a new technique to increase bone growth in length in children aged 6-12 years with a leg-length difference (LLD) of 7 mm or more.Children could benefit from levelling their leg-length in our research study of low-intensity vibration (LIV) to stimulate bone growth in length starting in Kensington W8 in February. 

Book a baseline assessment with our physiotherapists at Kensington, outside school hours if you wish to be considered for inclusion in this research study.
We have previously gained 10 mm in leg-length over three months in a child with a pre-existing leg length difference (LLD) and our new study will investigate 50 children to minimise LLD and compensatory scoliosis.
 

To book a FREE SPINE assessment with our Physiotherapists in West London call Lucie or Alexandra on (020) 7937 8978 or email mail@sayerclinics.com

We are inviting children aged 6-12 years to take part in a new research study. Book your child's FREE leg-length, pelvic tilt and spinal curvature Assessment in London W8 to see if your child can be included in our leg-length difference (LLD) research study to promote shorter-leg bone lengthening using vibration therapy in children (6-12years) with pre-existing leg length difference of 7-20 mm

Why is the study being done? 

We are doing research to see if we can increase the growth of a child’s shorter leg bones using gentle vibration therapy. If this treatment works, we want to eventually use it to help child patients who have a much bigger difference in leg length as having a much shorter leg lowers the pelvis on the shorter side and may result in curvature of the spine. These children often need surgery and we hope that vibration treatment could be used instead.

What will happen to my son/daughter if they take part? 

If you agree to take part we will ask you to sign a form and for you and your child to attend an assessment visit at Sayer Clinic, London W8. Our experienced physiotherapist will measure your child’s weight, height and leg-length using a safe and accurate measurement system. The measurement will take around 5 minutes. Your child can wear shorts and T-shirt and will not need to undress. The ultrasound head will touch the side of the hip during leg-length measurements.  We will repeat the leg length measurements monthly at Sayer Clinic over 13 months (a monthly measurements, 3 months during therapy and 6, monthly follow-up measurements). 

Your child will be randomised to receive one of 2 different vibration treatments at normal gravity 1.0 g or a gentler 0.4 g, less force than a child walking. 

What are the potential benefits of taking part?

We hope that your child may benefit directly with a reduction in your child’s leg-length difference from taking part in this research. We also hope that by doing this research it will help us to offer better treatment to children with large differences in their leg lengths so they can avoid surgery.

The LIV therapy is gentle and your child may not be very aware of it. Vibration therapy needs to be done three times a week over the 3 months intervention period to have the desired lengthening effect, and this may be inconvenient for some families.  

If you stay in the study to the end, your child will be awarded a signed Research Certificate to thank you for your help.

The study sponsor is Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health (UCL).

Please contact Alexandra or Lucie at mail@sayerclinics.com or by telephone on 020 7937 8978.