Musculoskeletal and Sports Injuries in Children
Children can experience the same Musculoskeletal Injuries as adults and as their skeletons are still growing and their bones are more porous than adults injuries can happen more easily.
Sports Injuries may be hard to avoid with active children, and can range from minor cuts and bruises, to more serious sprains, fractures and broken bones. Injuries can occur for a number of reasons, including not wearing correct protective sports equipment, not warming up correctly or from dehydration. Below are some of the most common types of sports injuries in children: Sprains and Strains - A sprain is an injury to a ligament–a stretching or a tearing. One or more ligaments can be injured during a sprain. A ligament is a band of tough, fibrous tissue that connects two or more bones at a joint and prevents excessive movement of the joint. Ankle sprains are among the most common injury treated by our Physios and often occur during sports or recreational activities. A strain is an injury to either a muscle or a tendon. A muscle is a tissue composed of bundles of specialized cells that, when stimulated by nerve impulses, contract and produce movement. A tendon is a tough, fibrous cord of tissue that connects muscle to bone.
Growth Plate Injuries - In some sports accidents and injuries, the growth plate may be injured. The growth plate is the area of developing tissues at the end of the long bones in growing children and adolescents. When growth is complete, sometime during adolescence, the growth plate is replaced by solid bone. The long bones in the body are the long bones of the fingers, the outer bone of the forearm, the collarbone, the hip, the bone of the upper leg, the lower leg bones, the ankle, and the foot. If any of these areas become injured, seek professional help from a doctor who specializes in bone injuries in children and adolescents (your GP will be able to advise).
All of our Physios have training in the assessment and diagnosis of musculoskeletal injuries. They employ the most advanced techniques and their results are sometimes instantaneous. Apart from providing rapid pain relief, there are a number of other important ways that our Physiotherapists can help with injuries in children. These include:
Identifying exactly what’s wrong with your child’s back, neck or other areas of the body because they’re trained to diagnose the specific causes of body pain. Teaching your child exercises that will help with the injury. Identifying the factors that led to the injury in the first place, our Physios can advise on how to avoid musculoskeletal injuries in the future.
Possessing advanced skills including pain management, our Physios offer a broad range of treatment options. As a result, they are in the best position to improve your child’s overall strength, mobility and co-ordination.
Our Physios are highly qualified and trained in the assessment and treatment of all types of musculoskeletal and sports injuries. They have a comprehensive knowledge of biomechanics, tissue pathology and tissue healing. Chartered Physiotherapists play an integral part in the treatment, rehabilitation and injury prevention of sporting teams and organisations and can help your child to get back to pain free living or sport as soon as possible.