Why a Pediatric Sports Medicine Program?
In growing children, injuries and medical problems in the bones, growth plates, muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints are often quite different from conditions that are more commonly seen in adults.
The Sports Medicine Program at the Herbert J. Louis Center for Pediatric Orthopedics consists of medical experts with unique knowledge and experience specifically for children and teenage athletes that may not been used if the child is seen by a provider who primarily cares for adult patients.
On many occasions, specific injuries that occur in children and teenage athletes are treated entirely differently than the exact same injury seen in adults. In addition, pain identified in a precise area can be associated with a specific diagnosis in an adult while it could mean a completely different diagnosis in a young patient.
The experts with the Sports Medicine Program believe this is an important difference that can impact return-to-play decisions, as well as the details of a comprehensive treatment plan. Because our focus is 100 percent on young athletes, we are able to determine the specific diagnosis and treatment plan that is age-appropriate, rather than simply basing a recommendation on what is done for adults.