The orthopedic surgeons at King's Daughters' Health provide comprehensive care for pediatric patients (children). Fractures are the most common orthopedic injury in children, whether the result of an accident, activity or sport. As children reach adolescence, sports injuries related to shoulders, knees and ankles become more prevalent. Proper stretching and warm-up may help reduce the risk of injury.
Fractures are the most common childhood injury and may occur as the result of play, sports activities or accidents. Most childhood fractures are effectively managed with splinting or casting. If a more serious injury is involved, surgical intervention may be needed. Proper evaluation of childhood fractures is important, particularly if the injury is located near a growth plate, often in or near a joint. If the child's growth plate is involved, orthopedic specialists will help monitor your child's recovery to ensure that he or she heals properly throughout the process.
The majority of sports injuries are relatively minor—such as sprains and strains. Treatment often includes rest and some supportive care (perhaps bracing). Occasionally, injuries are more serious: those involving fractures or ligament tears. Most fractures are treated with splinting or casting; recovery time depends on the type of fracture and where it's located. Ligament injuries are more common in an athlete's knees, ankles or shoulders. Depending on the type of injury—such as an ACL tear (knee)—surgical intervention may be required. Fortunately, the orthopedic specialists at King's Daughters' Health provide a variety of arthroscopic procedures for knee and shoulder injuries.
Children are sometimes born with congenital conditions that may affect their ability to grow properly. These conditions may include growth plates, contractures or deformities. A variety of treatment options are available. Specialized care is designed for each patient depending on his or her specific situation and diagnosis.