Physiotherapy For Kids – Most common Kids Injuries.
Kids injuries are somewhat an inevitable phenomenon, especially for adults with kids.
Kids do a lot of climbing, running, and jumping, and the possibility of them sustaining a few injuries is inevitable. However, the good news is that most mishaps result in minor injuries that can be treated with a dab of antibacterial ointment, a little rest, and lots of hugs and kisses. But the fact is that every tumble has the potential to be “the big one” that might have you speeding toward the nearest hospital.
While you can’t protect them from every injury, recognizing the signs and symptoms of these will help you prevent some of the most common ones.
Physiotherapy is a type of medical treatment that helps a person move his or her body. You might wonder why anyone would need help moving. But if you’ve ever had a broken bone or a bad injury, you know how hard it can be to do normal things, like a walk or throw a baseball.
They are healthcare professionals who know a lot about how the body moves and how to improve movement. They treat people as young as little babies and as old as great-grandparents.
Below is a break down of the most common Kids injuries:
1- Sever’s Disease:
Sever’s disease usually occurs in kids who are in their growth spurt (usually 9–14 years old), it is considered a sever kids injury by many child nurses.
Kids that are active in sports or activities that involve a lot of running or jumping, especially on hard surfaces such as basketball.
When your child complains of heel pain, Sever’s disease is likely the cause. It is the inflammation of the heel’s growth plate, and as the heels are used in almost every physical activity, it is usually a combination of running and jumping that causes this pain.
Therefore, the most effective way to treat it is with rest, although insoles, stretches, and anti-inflammatory medication may also help. Sever’s disease often occurs more than once, so the best way to fight it is to prevent it with proper sports shoes.
2- Stress Fractures:
A stress fracture is a tiny crack in a bone. A stress fracture can happen in any bone but usually occur in bones in the feet, legs, arms, or spine. It is a common kids injury, inactive children. They are usually confined to the legs and feet, which can be put under undue stress by everything from jumping to lifting.
Stress fractures are harder for parents to prevent than other injuries, as we cannot see the bones or feel the stress they’re being put under. It can start out small, but become a larger problem if continued pressure is put on the bone. Stress fractures can take up to two months of rest to heal and may require a cast or brace, so prevention is the best option here.
3- Jumper’s Knee:
Jumper’s knee is an injury of the patellar tendon. The patellar tendon is the cord-like tissue that joins the patella (kneecap) to the tibia (shinbone).
A jumper’s knee is an overuse injury (when repeated movements injure a part of the body). It happens when frequent jumping, running and changing direction damages the patellar tendon. It’s also called patellar tendonitis.
Although in young children, the patellar tendon is attached to the growth plate of the kneecap, which can become irritated and cause even more pain.
However, Jumper’s knee is not a very serious condition. The longer the pain is ignored, the longer the recovery time will be, but all that is needed to address this issue is the rest. Massages and hot/cold packs can be used to aid recovery or relieve pain, but ultimately the tendons need to repair themselves, which will take a few weeks.
4- Elbow Kids Injuries:
Just like the knees, our elbows are quite susceptible to overuse injuries, both in childhood and beyond. In children, these injuries tend to stem primarily from sports-related activities, particularly those that involve overhand throwing. This places a lot of stress on the still-developing elbow, which can lead to inflammation of the ligaments, plates, and cartilage in the elbow.
Nursemaid’s elbow is caused by pulling on the arm when the arm is outstretched with the palm facing down. This occurs when a child is pulled by the arm or the arm is yanked. It can also occur when a child falls onto his outstretched arm with the elbow hyperextended.
Nursemaid’s elbow can be treated non surgically in the office or emergency department by closed reduction.
As with most overuse injuries, the best treatment for a worn-out elbow is to give it some time to heal.
At Blue Tree Clinics – we can help you manage all cases of Kids Injuries that affect your kids and loved ones, our professional children doctors are trained to administer child-friendly treatments.
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