SPORTS MEDICINE DOCTORS
For the 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.
As Sports Medicine Doctors, we see children with sports injuries
Young athletes often begin their competitive sports careers as early as age four. As they get older, these kids get involved in organized sports activities. Sports provide a great way for kids to learn teamwork and what healthy competition is all about. However, with all sports, there can be injuries. For example, when the activity level becomes too intense or too excessive in a short time period, the tissue breaks down, muscles get strained, and sometimes bones even break.
Our doctors at Medical Center Children’s Orthopedic and Spine Specialists are seeing an increased number of children with sports injuries. As an example, sports injuries such as stress fractures, tendinitis, bursitis, apophysitis, and osteochondral injuries of the joint surface are definitely on the increase in organized sports.
The following risk factors predispose young athletes to sports injuries:
- Sport specialization at a young age
- Imbalance of strength or joint range of motion
- Anatomic malalignment
- Improper footwear or protective gear
- A pre-existing condition
- Growth cartilage less resistant to repetitive microtrauma
- Intense, repetitive training during periods of growth
How do I know if my child has a broken bone?
“If you feel your child may have a broken bone, be sure to bring him or her to a Medical City Children’s Orthopedic and Spine Specialists so one of our pediatric orthopedic specialists can provide a comprehensive diagnosis. It’s often hard to diagnose a broken bone without an X-ray exam and a medical exam.” Shyam Kishan, MD. “That’s why we have an X-ray located in our office.
“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.”
Sports injuries should be evaluated by one of our expert children doctors
When an injury involves obvious swelling, deformity, and/or loss of normal function (i.e. movement or strength), the injured should be seen by one of our board-certified pediatric doctors immediately. Therefore, 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 doctors who have years of experience in successfully treating children with sports injuries.
If Injuries go untreated, they can turn into chronic problems that require a much longer time away from the sport to allow the injury to heal properly. Because early recognition and treatment of injuries are critical in returning athletes to their sport safely and quickly, we urge you to bring your child to us within hours of a suspected injury.
Before considering any surgery, our doctors look at all conservative treatment options. However, if surgery is necessary, our doctors 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.
Here are some ways to lower a child’s risk for broken bones and other injuries.
How to avoid sports injuries:
- Talk with your young athlete about his or her sports activities that should be without feeling discomfort or pain.
- Recognize injury and get help early.
- Get a preseason physical.
- Provide a healthy, well-balanced diet.
- Encourage cross-training and a variety of sports.
- Make sure your young athlete gets proper rest between practices, games, and events.
- Get the proper equipment and there are no shortcuts.
- Stress warming up.
- Emphasize proper technique and guidelines.
When to see a doctor for your sports-related injury:
- Pain during or after sports
- Persistent or new swelling around a joint
- Recurrent instability – joints “give way”
- Painful pops (non-painful pops are OK)
- Pain that does not respond to a period of rest
Our Sports Medicine Doctors at Medical City Children’s Orthopedic and Spine Specialists have experience and expertise in the treatment of sports-related injuries in children. Our board-certified doctors specialize in the treatment of children and adolescents and can give your child the care and attention they deserve.
Call 214-556-0590 to make an appointment.
Comprehensive services for children from birth through adolescence at four convenient locations:
Arlington, Dallas, Frisco and McKinney.