Pediatric Sports Medicine: Conditions We Treat
Highly experienced specialists dedicated to helping young athletes get back to the sports they love
Young athletes are at particular risk for sports- and training-related repetitive stress and acute injuries. That's why at Hurley Medical Center, we pull together an entire team of pediatricians, physical therapists, rehabilitation therapists, and nutritionists to help your child recover from injury and strains.
Overuse and strains
Repetitive stress injuries include overuse and strains, when too much training or incorrect movement causes gradual wearing of tissue or bones. An ACL or MCL injury or is one example of a repetitive stress injury.
Acute injuries involve blunt trauma to the bones and joints, and often occur during participation in contact sports or activities that involve significant twisting of the body or rapid changes in direction. Sprains and fractures, for example, are acute injuries. Acute injuries can also lead to problems years later, including post-traumatic arthritis, a form of arthritis that occurs in joints that have been injured.
Athletes of all ages may also suffer from chronic illnesses, such as diabetes and fibromyalgia that may affect performance. We work with physicians and specialists from throughout Hurley Medical Center to provide diagnosis and treatment of conditions in order to get your child back to the activity he/she loves to do as soon as possible. We also collaborate with nutritionists to ensure that young athletes are eating a diet that meets their nutritional needs.
Highly advanced physical therapy and rehabilitation
For most young athletes, simply healing from an injury or illness is not enough: they want to get back in the game. We work with Hurley’s physical therapists and rehabilitation specialists to help your child gain the strength and learn the skills needed to return to normal activity after an injury or surgery.