Participation in sports activities can be wonderful for a child’s physical and emotional health. But where’s the line on your child’s exercise routine, and how much is too much? The answer lies in each individual child. What might be too much for one child may be completely healthy for another. It’s important to know what […]
While back pain in adults is relatively common, children are more flexible and their bodies are more resilient, thus making back pain among that population less common. Because chronic or severe back pain can often be caused by a more serious medical problem, medical providers are more likely to treat such issues very seriously. Here […]
Coaches, Trainers, Athletes and Parents of Athletes Tony Chang, M.D., fellowship trained sports medicine specialist, conducted a free community lecture on concussions. Dr. Chang provided the latest information regarding concussions, injury causes, diagnoses, treatment and management. The Event Was Held: Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 6 PM Where: Shasta Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine’s office located […]
We’ve all heard a lot more about concussions or traumatic brain injuries (TBI) in recent years. Medical practitioners now better understand how devastating and debilitating multiple concussions can be as they can affect the way a brain functions. As of 2012 all major professional sports leagues such as the NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB have […]
“Growing pains” can affect children of many different ages and are usually described as a throbbing pain or ache in the legs. The calves, front of the thighs, or knees may be most affected. These pains occur most frequently at night and often are attributed to rapid growth rates. Since there is no evidence to […]
As kids are heading back to school, many will be getting involved in school sports. Safe Kids Worldwide estimates that over 38 million school aged kids are involved in sports, and among those, one in three kids will suffer from a sports-related injury. As a parent, you always want to be able to protect your […]
A new study suggests that children who have had a concussion previously are more likely to take longer to recover than children who experience their first concussion. Study Suggests Kids Take Longer to Recover after First Concussion The new study (“Time Interval Between Concussions and Symptom Duration”) published by the American Academy of Pediatrics in […]
Kids’ Exercise May Protect from Bone Breaks Later in Life New research from the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine suggests children that participate in regular exercise have been shown to develop stronger bones and are less likely to fracture their bones later in life. In addition to promoting a healthy sense of team spirit […]
It is very common for toddlers to exhibit signs of bowed legs when they are very young. Children with bowed legs will usually have a distinct gap between the knees and the lower legs when they stand with their feet together. Bowed legs can affect one or both legs, and parents or the child’s pediatrician […]
Preventing, Diagnosing, and Treating Classic Little League Injuries
Children that play little league baseball are susceptible to orthopedic injuries in the elbow and shoulder. Throwing a baseball can put enormous strain and stress on the throwing arm, and in developing children and young adults, excessive stress can result in lasting injuries if left untreated.
In adults, the tendons and ligaments absorb the stress, but children and young adults will absorb the impact on the weakest part of the bone – the cartilage near the growth plate. The intensity and frequency of throwing a ball is directly related to how often these injuries occur, which is why pitchers are at the highest risk of a little league shoulder or elbow injury. Diagnosing these injuries promptly is the first step to proper treatment.