Orthopaedic injuries in children can have serious long-term effects if left untreated. Unfortunately, these types of injuries in kids can often go undetected.
Common orthopaedic injuries among kids include:
- Growth plate fractures
- Developmental dislocation
- Ankle instability
- Anterior knee pain
- Forearm and elbow fractures
Kids are especially susceptible to sports-related injuries. The increase in competitive sports leagues — even for young kids — means many young athletes focus specifically on just one sport year-round. As a result, doctors are seeing a big increase in overuse injuries among kids.
Injuries related to overuse can affect muscles, ligaments, tendons, bones and growth plates. In kids and teens, these structures are still growing — and often at different rates. For example, bones grow first. This pulls at tight muscles and tendons, leaving younger athletes at a higher risk of injuries to muscles, tendons and growth plates.
When young athletes repeat the same activities over and over, their bodies don’t get enough time to heal. The consequences of this can go beyond short-term injuries. Overuse injuries can actually impair growth and lead to long-term health issues.
If your young athlete consistently says he or she feels pain, it’s important to take time out from the sport. If the pain continues after a few days of complete rest, give Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine a call at 515-440-2676. Or use our online appointment request form. With offices in the Des Moines, Iowa, area and surrounding communities, we make it easy to get the care your child needs.