Pediatric Sports Medicine
If your child is injured while exercising, participating in a sport, or doing any type of physical activity, you may be advised to see a sports medicine specialist for treatment. Sports medicine treats and helps prevent injuries in athletes. The main priority of a sports medicine specialist is to restore full function and mobility to injured patients.
Our specialists work alongside other orthopedists, neurologists, cardiologists, nutritionists, and physical therapists to ensure the best care.
What is the different between Pediatric and Adult Sports Medicine?
Pediatric sports medicine specialists are trained specifically to treat children. The anatomy and injury patterns in children and adolescents compared to adults are vastly different. Pediatric patients have growth plates in their bones that, if damaged, may cause them to suffer different injuries than an adult. As children grow they become more prone to injuries because of muscle and ligament tightness over the growing bones.
Reasons to See a Sports Medicine Specialist
Your child may see a sports medicine specialist for an injury such as:
- Ankle sprain
- Knee and shoulder injury
- Knee injuries, including ACL tears
- Back pain
- Exercise-induced asthma
- Heat Illnesses
Sports medicine specialists can help develop a treatment plan to help relieve some of these limitations.
Sports Medicine Treatments
Sports medicine focuses on maximizing the benefits of nonsurgical treatment. The specialist will conduct a comprehensive exam of your childs injury including a full mobility test and trauma assessment. Many sports injuries will resolve on their own. With rest, ice, compression, and elevation, patients can recover faster and without much pain. Your specialist may also suggest:
- Seeing a chiropractor
- Physical therapy
- Massage therapy
- Body taping
If surgery is needed, a sports medicine specialist can make a referral to a Lee Health orthopedic surgeon.
Pediatric Orthopedics of SWFL Locations
Fort Myers: 15821 Hollyfern Court, Fort Myers, FL 33908
Naples: 3361 Pine Ridge Rd, Suite 202, Naples, FL 34109
Phone : 239-432-5100
Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM