Young athletes present a unique challenge for orthopedic treatment because these patients are still growing, making them more prone to injuries since the growth plates are typically the weakest part of the skeletal structure.
The Pediatric Sports Medicine program at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital specializes in successfully treating young athletes, including young children, preteens and teenagers, with an individualized approach, matching the treatment to specific patient needs, including age and activity level. In addition, we take into consideration any underlying developmental issues in the young athlete that may make the individual more prone to sports injuries. This helps us get to the root of the problem rather than just treat the symptom.
The two most common types of injuries in the young athlete are overuse and growth plate injuries. Overuse injuries occur due to the repetitive nature of some sports in which the body doesn’t have a sufficient recovery time. Overuse injuries can lead to growth impairments or other long-term health-related issues. Growth plate injuries are more commonly referred to as fractures and typically occur at the wrist or in the leg bones, ankle, foot or hip.
The most common sports injuries treated in young athletes are:
Any treatment plan designed for the young, growing athlete starts with the least invasive option available. Our physicians will include sports therapy and rehabilitation along with other non-operative care. If surgery is the most appropriate treatment, we employ the latest in arthroscopic surgical techniques to minimize recovery time.
Our sports medicine program, in collaboration with the Memorial Hermann | Rockets Sports Medicine Institute and Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital, seeks to bring the full complement of medical resources to every treatment phase, while maximizing patient outcomes.
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Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital
Houston, TX 77030
Phone: (713) 486-4880
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