Would you be surprised to learn that adolescent athletes sustain injuries at about the same rate as professional athletes? And like adults, the first line of treatment for teenage injuries includes physical therapy. At Elite Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation, in Purchase, New York, Cleopatra Espinosa, MS, DPT, and Soujaniya Konada, DPT, treat many adolescents for a wide range of injuries. In addition to easing pain and enhancing healing, physical therapy restores optimal strength and helps adolescents prevent future injuries. To schedule an appointment, call or book online today.
Adolescents may sustain an acute injury during athletic activities. They also often develop overuse injuries. These injuries occur when they frequently repeat the same movement without giving their body enough time to rest and heal.
Examples of the most common adolescent injuries include:
The type of injury typically relates to your adolescent’s sport. For example, pitchers often suffer elbow and shoulder injuries, while teens playing contact sports have a risk of head and knee injuries.
The long bones in your child’s arms and legs keep growing through adolescence. On average, females finish growing by the age of 14, and males keep growing until they reach 14-16.
While they’re still growing, the areas of cartilage at the end of each long bone, called growth plates, are highly susceptible to injuries.
When adolescents suffer an injury, they’re more likely to damage the growth plate than break the bone. Growth plate injuries can interfere with normal bone growth.
The first line of treatment for virtually every type of musculoskeletal injury includes physical therapy. Physical therapists specialize in easing the pain, promoting healing, rebuilding muscle strength, improving flexibility, and restoring mobility.
The team at Elite Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation develops an individualized treatment plan that uses many different therapeutic techniques.
In addition to stretching and strengthening exercises, your adolescent’s physical therapy may include therapies like ultrasound, electric stimulation, massage, and posture or balance training.
Adolescents also receive sport-specific exercises to lower their risk of sustaining another injury. For example, their physical therapist may correct their pitching technique or develop a training regimen that avoids overuse injuries.
Treatment for adolescent injuries also includes a safe and gradual plan for returning to play. Though teens are always anxious to get back into the game, the goal is to ensure they don’t develop long-lasting problems.
You can schedule an appointment directly with Elite Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation. The team performs a thorough physical exam, and if they discover any areas of concern, they refer you to a physician before implementing physical therapy.
If your adolescent needs help with an injury, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.