In general, if the child has taken a fall or twisted ankle and there is substantial deformity noted that I recommend an x-ray urgently. If the swelling occurs rapidly, the child feels something snap or pop, or deformity is seen it may be a fracture.
One of the most common causes of shoulder pain is rotator cuff inflammation. The rotator cuff involves 4 tendons which control shoulder motion. Unfortunately, a delicate blood supply, poor posture, and repetitive overhead activity can cause rotator cuff inflammation and tearing.
It seems like we hear more and more about ACL tears, who is most at risk and is there anything that can be done to prevent this injury?
Anterior cruciate ligament injuries are on the rise – mostly due to the dramatic increase in participation in athletics. The largest increase in sports participation is among female athletes
Coaches must always keep in mind that the health of their players is just as important as developing their skills. I recommend that coaches encourage preseason physicals by an appropriate health care provider.
Given the dramatic rise in sports participation, is there any recommendation on how to detect how much is too much?
Too much participation can certainly manifest with overuse injuries but it’s also important to pay attention for other signs your child is experiencing burnout. Look for fatigue, mood changes, sleeplessness, decline in academic performance, headaches, and signs of stress.
For those folks trying to train for a sports, lose weight, or just stay fit – do you have any advice on how to build a conditioning program?
I advise first and foremost to spend some time writing down your goals. Training for a marathon is much different than training to lose weight or get ready for the upcoming soccer season.