For treatment of sports-related injuries, bring your child to the Fracture Care Clinic at one of our four convenient locations. Our pediatric orthopedic physicians will see your child right away.
Our pediatric physicians specialize in the treatment of all types of sports injuries, which are becoming more common in children.
Young athletes often begin their competitive sports careers as early as age seven, with some youth participating in organized sports activities as early as age four, if not sooner. Physical activity is necessary for normal growth in children. However, when the activity level becomes too intense or too excessive in a short time period, tissue breaks down and injuries may occur.
Our physicians at Medical Center Children’s Orthopedic and Spine Specialists are seeing overuse injuries more often in children. Overuse injuries such as stress fractures, tendinitis, bursitis, apophysitis and osteochondral injuries of the joint surface were rarely seen when children spent more time engaging in free play.
The following risk factors predispose young athletes to overuse injuries:
Overuse injuries are on the rise
“The single biggest factor contributing to the dramatic increase in overuse injuries in young athletes is the focus on more intense, repetitive and specialized training at much younger ages.” Shyam Kishan, MD
Any injury that involves obvious swelling, deformity, and/or loss of normal function (i.e. movement or strength) should be seen by one of our board-certified pediatric physicians immediately. All other injuries that appear to be minor should resolve themselves within a few days. However, if an injury does not heal and your child is not back to full participation without pain, it is best to have them evaluated by one of our pediatric orthopedic specialists who have years of experience in successfully treating children with sports injuries.
Injuries that go untreated can turn into chronic problems that require a much longer time away from the sport to allow the injury to heal properly. Early recognition and treatment of injuries is critical in returning athletes to their sport safely and quickly. Our pediatric orthopedic physicians look at all conservative treatment options before considering surgery. However, if surgery is necessary, our pediatric physicians at Medical City Children’s Orthopedic and Spine Specialists make sure the child has the best care and shortest recovery time possible. When feasible, we prepare the child by building endurance prior to surgery to reduce the length of time spent in the hospital.