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Childrens' Injuries

Children are less frequently injured but certain injuries can be severe. Children go through many adolescent changes that leave the body vulnerable to injury. These injuries have been termed ‘growing pains’ but we are now able to be a little more specific to these injuries. The severity of these injuries cannot be understated. It has been said that any child suffering should take one year away from sport. Whilst this view may not be the case as we now have better understanding, any child suspecting the injuries should be seen by a specialist immediately.

Osgood Schlatters

osgood schlattersThis is a condition caused by damage to the growth plate below the knee. The muscles of the thigh cross the knee and attach to the growth plate. Extensive use of the thigh pulls on the growth plate and causes damage. This makes the condition very common in football players aged 10-16 years old.

  • Symptoms: Pain on base and just below the knee cap. Pain will increase as activity continues.
  • Treatment: Rest, Ice and see a specialist immediately.
  • Important stretch: thigh

 

 

 


Severs Disease

seversSimilar to Osgood Schlatters but the pain occurs in the heel rather than the knee. The calf muscle attaches to the Achilles tendon. This tendon fixes to the heel. Excessive use of the calf pulls at the heel and creates pain. The condition is very common in children who have undertaken a growth spurt or a large shoe size increase.

  • Symptoms: Pain on heel. Pain will increase as activity continues. It is common that children suffering will walk on the balls of their feet to ease the pain.
  • Treatment: Rest, Ice and see a specialist immediately.
  • Important stretch: calf and soleus.