Physicals and Sports Injuries
Sports Injuries Q & A
What are common sports injuries?
If your child is involved in sports, they may suffer from one or more of the following sports injuries at some point during their childhood.
- Sprains or strains
- Acute or chronic pain
- Soft tissue injuries
- Muscle or joint injuries
- ACL or MCL injuries
- Torn cartilage
Some injuries are more severe than others, which is why receiving a proper diagnosis and treatment is crucial to help your child recover properly and prevent future injuries.
How are sports injuries diagnosed?
To diagnose a sports-related injury, Kids Central Pediatrics specialists review your child’s medical and accident history and ask questions about their symptoms. They complete a comprehensive physical exam.
Your pediatrician might recommend blood tests, X-rays, MRIs, or other imaging procedures to diagnose your child’s sports injury and develop a personalized treatment plan.
What is the treatment for sports injuries?
The sports-related treatment that best matches your child’s needs depends on the type and severity of their injury. Your pediatrician might recommend.
At-home treatments that can accelerate healing include rest, ice or heat, elevation, compression, and wearing a brace. Taking over-the-counter pain medicine helps alleviate pain while an injury heals.
If your child has a broken bone, your doctor may recommend a cast, flexible brace, traction, or minimally invasive procedures. Your child might have to use crutches for a period of time during their treatment.
In the case of complicated sports-related injuries, your child’s doctor may suggest a surgical procedure to restore muscle or joint function fully. They can refer you to a qualified orthopedic surgeon in your area. After surgery, your child can undergo physical therapy to enhance healing, strengthen the injured area, and prevent reinjury.
If your child sustains a concussion, getting plenty of rest is crucial. They may have to avoid screen time and take a break from school work and physical activity for a while. Follow your pediatrician’s instructions and attend follow-up appointments to monitor your child’s progress.
Soft tissue repair
If your child has a laceration or other soft tissue injury, your doctor can clean and repair the wound, and use stitches if necessary.
Don’t let your child live with severe or long-lasting pain associated with a sports injury. Schedule an appointment with Kids Central Pediatrics over the phone or online today for an evaluation.