Meet our Superstar Marcellus
In 2016 I started working with a 2 yr old, Marcellus, using Hydrotherapy and Rock Tape to help manage his complications caused from Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) Type III Severe or also known as Brittle Bones. In particular helping to improve his walking gait, bowing of his leg bones, bone and muscle strength, and his stooping.
The progress he has made so far is AMAZING!!!
**Based on the spiral technique of Rock Tape we were using and the positive impact and benefit that Rock Tape and Hydrotherapy was making, Marcellus has grown a massive 13cm taller and is now walking straighter than ever with less stopping and bowing of his legs. (This is a big deal for Type III OI patients).
X-Rays have revealed his bones are growing and becoming stronger and he has yet again avoided having an operation for rod fixation in his femurs, tibias, and radius bones.
We use Rock Tape to assist with improving the bowing of his legs and also for muscle facilitation and muscle cueing. The Hydrotherapy helps improve Marcellus’ bone and muscle strength, stooping, and motor skills. I see Marcellus twice per week in the hydro pool for 30min and his parents usually spend another 30min in the pool with him as well as lots of pool time at home.
Marcellus also receives pamidronate infusions in hospital to help strengthen his bones.
This treatment started when he was 2.5months old. At first infusions went for 3 days 8 hours per day then progressively reduced down to 1 day for 5 hours. He has this treatment every 4 weeks.
Marcellus has a condition known as Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) Type III Severe, or most commonly known as Brittle Bones. OI is a genetic disorder characterized by bones that break easily, often from little or no apparent cause. A person with OI may have just a few or as many as several hundred fractures in a lifetime.
- OI Type III is the MOST SEVERE type among children who survive the neonatal period. The degree of bone fragility and the fracture rate vary widely.
- This type is characterized by structurally defective type I collagen. This poor quality type I collagen is present in reduced amounts in the bone matrix.
- There may be multiple long-bone fractures at birth, including many rib fractures. (*Marcellus was born with a fractured rib and both humerus bones)
- Frequent fractures of the long bones, the tension of muscle on soft bone, and the disruption of the growth plates lead to BOWING and progressive malformation.
- Children have a markedly short stature, and adults are usually shorter than 102cm.
(***Marcellus is almost 3 years old and he is 85cm tall – that is a massive difference for a type III person)
- Spine curvatures, compression fractures of the vertebrae, scoliosis, and chest deformities occur frequently.
- Significant care issues that arise with OI Type III include the need to prevent fracture cycles; the appropriate timing of rodding surgery; scoliosis monitoring; and respiratory function monitoring
• The treatment plan should maximize mobility and function, increase peak bone mass and muscle strength, and employ as much exercise and physical activity as possible!
Bree Sauer, AEP, AES, ESSAM
Accredited Exercise Physiologist
Lockyer Valley MHPN Coordinator
Fresh Start Professional Healthcare
Postal Address: 486 Gatton-Esk Rd, Gatton Q 4343
Ph: 0408 361 330 Fax: 07 5462 8584
The Lockyer Valley ~ Gatton ~ Laidley