Children and teens are involved in numerous sporting activities. Sports related injuries in the growing child are not the same as sports related injuries in adults. Growth spurts in children can cause the bones to grow faster than muscles and tendons causing the child to be more susceptible for injury. If the injury affects the growth plate in the bones, growth may be altered. Injuries to the ligaments, particularly around the knee, may require reconstruction. The growing child is treated differently than an adult to avoid injury to the growth plate and maximize growth.
Our orthopaedic surgeons strive to keep children active and advocate for sports participation. They are involved in both injury prevention and the evaluation and treatment of young athletes who do become injured. Rehabilitation is a mainstay for many sports related and overuse injuries.
If surgery is needed, an arthroscopic or arthroscopic-assisted surgery can be performed.
An arthroscope is a surgical instrument with a camera on it that can be inserted into a joint like the knee or ankle, using a minimally invasive technique for the surgeon to view the inside of the joint. Ligament reconstruction and repair of other structures in the joint can be done with the assistance of the arthroscope. Usually a physical therapy program will need to be started shortly after surgery and can be arranged close to home.
Common sports injuries that we treat are:
- Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Tears
- Meniscal Tears
- Cartilage Injuries
- Osteochondritis Dissecans
- Stress Fractures
- Over-use injuries
- Physeal injuries