Connecticut Family Physical Therapy offers a variety of therapeutic programs that are designed specifically for children and adolescents with common childhood injuries. We also provide Return to Sports Programs designed to help child athletes return to a full training and playing schedule. Our team communicates frequently with doctors, coaches, and parents, as well as orthopedic surgeons if required, to help the child and parent reach their goals.
Common Injuries for Children
Although children can be injured in all sorts of ways, some injuries are much more likely to occur than others, especially in children who play competitive sports. We have been successfully treating these common childhood injuries for more than 10 years:
- Sever’s Disease: A very common cause of heel pain in children, this condition is caused by swelling in the heel’s growth plate. It usually occurs during the early adolescent growth spurt and is often triggered by intense physical activity such as sports.
- Osgood-Schlatter Disease: This painful condition involves inflammation in the shin bone just below the knee. It is most likely to occur during a growth spurt, and the most active children appear to be at the greatest risk.
- Patellofemoral pain (knee pain): Knee pain has many possible causes, but overuse and sports-related injuries are especially common. Highly active teenagers may be particularly susceptible to this pain.
- Sprains and strains: While sprains affect ligaments and strains affect muscles and tendons, both are treated in similar ways. Untreated, they could raise the risk of future injuries.
- Rotator cuff injuries: A common cause for shoulder pain, rotator cuff injuries generally occur in people who perform repeated overhead motions, such as those involved in competitive sports.
- Back pain: Back pain can be caused by many factors, including overuse and injury. Although some cases resolve on their own, depending on the cause, children who do not seek treatment are at risk for worsening damage.
- Tennis and Little League elbow: These similar conditions cause pain in the elbow due to repeated stress and overuse. While players of any age can develop tennis elbow, Little League elbow occurs in young players whose growth plates have not yet fused.
- ACL tears and reconstruction: A torn ACL is a very common but potentially serious injury. Surgery is often required to return a young athlete to prime playing condition, but physical therapy plays a crucial role in the rehabilitation process.
- Core Muscle Weakness: The core is a complex system of muscles that support the body. A strong core is essential for young athletes to maximize performance and minimize the chance of injury, but many children suffer from core muscle weakness.
- Whiplash: Often associated with car accidents, this neck strain can occur whenever the head suddenly jerks backward and forward. Gentle rehabilitation and strengthening is needed to prevent permanent pain or loss of movement.
- Scoliosis: This curvature of the spine is most often diagnosed in adolescence, and girls are more likely to develop it than boys.
- Adolescent Postural Changes: From minor changes in posture caused by lugging heavy backpacks through a more serious condition known as kyphosis, some teens face postural changes that must be addressed to avoid permanent mild deformity.
If you are ready to take the first step toward helping your child recover from an injury and return to his or her favorite sport, give Fairfield County’s Connecticut Family Physical Therapy a call today at (203) 227-5431.
We look forward to being a part of your child’s health team!