Sports injury is the most common reason for physical therapy in young athletes.
Broken bones, fractures, and concussions are common athletic injuries that require the care of a physical therapist.
Strains, Sprains, and Bruises
You see them more in contact sports but, muscle strains, ligament sprains, and bruises can happen in any type of activity. These acute injuries lead to swelling, limited mobility, and pain – which may not go away on their own. Things like hamstring strains, ankle sprains, or bone bruises on the knee are helped by PT. Manual therapy helps restore normal range of motion and reduce swelling. Therapeutic exercise and neuromuscular reeducation can help children regain normal strength, balance, and movement patterns. This paves the way for a full return to activity without limitations and decreases the risk of re-injury.
An overuse injury occurs gradually over time due to imbalances in the body after doing repetitive motions. Tendonitis, bursitis, and other overuse injuries are common in the era of sports specialization. The year-round focus on one sport means young athletes are repeating the same motion, like throwing a baseball. Rest and a brace can help but the injury can crop up as soon as your child starts playing again. Physical therapy plays an important role in overcoming the recurring pain and inflammation, restoring normal range of motion, and building the strength and body mechanics needed for a full return to activity.
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