Talking about pseudoachondroplasia — both with your child and others — as a difference rather than a problem. Your attitude can help your child develop good self-esteem.
Overall, movement is good, as long as it is the healthy kind for the joints. We recommend joint preservation activities. This includes avoiding repetitive pounding activities like trampolines. And do activities as a family, so that your child will not be singled out by not joining in. Also, taking hot baths (with swirling water if possible) after a long day of activity can help decrease inflammation and joint pain. Over-the-counter medications can also be used as needed for joint pain. School gym class should offer accommodations and activities to tolerance.
Patients with pseudoachondroplasia should look out for neurological symptoms such as weakness of the lower limbs, incontinence, pain in the legs, reduced endurance and tingling/numbness of the legs. These symptoms may indicate compression of the spinal cord in the neck and should be investigated.
Leg and hip pain or changes in walking (such as waddling or limping) may also result from poor alignment of the legs. In later life, pain in the hips and knees is usually the result of degenerative arthritis. An orthopedist can help you decide if lifestyle modifications, medication, or surgical treatment is needed.