Sports injuries are common in kids, as more than 3.5 million sports-related injuries happen in children and teens in the United States. If your child sustains an injury while playing sports, Clifford James III, MD, and his expert pediatrics team offer solutions at Kids Central Pediatrics in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. They examine, diagnose, and treat sports injuries using the most advanced techniques to get your child back out on the court or field quickly. Schedule an appointment with Kids Central Pediatrics over the phone or online today.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.