Back Pain & Sports Injuries In Children
Back Pain In Children
Complaints of back pain in a child or adolescent used to be uncommon. It was usually associated with a certain condition such as curvature of the spine, a broken spinal bone, inflammation, a tumor, or infection.
More recently, however, reports of back pain among children are much more common. It is largely due to children carrying heavier backpacks, sitting for long periods in front of screens, and injuries. By the age of fifteen, 20-70 percent of children will report back pain. Parents need to know that back and joint pain in childhood can grow into a chronic pain issue in adulthood. Imbalances in posture, curvatures in the spine, tightness, and restrictions in the muscles can magnify as a child grows.
Wellspring Health Center utilizes a holistic team approach to treat the root cause of imbalances that cause back and joint pain in children. Our nurse practitioner and physical therapist work together to diagnose and correct imbalances that cause pain without medication or surgery.
Most insurance plans cover our care and no doctor’s referral is needed.
Acute Sports Injuries & Overuse Injuries In Children
Is your child an athlete? It is estimated that there are approximately 60 million youths, aged 6-18, who participate in organized sports. Of those 60 million, approximately 45.9%-54% will sustain some form of sports injury. If your child is feeling pain due to a sports injury Wellspring Health Center can help provide relief and a speedy recovery – so your child can get back to doing the sport he or she loves!
Sports injuries can typically be placed into two categories: acute or overuse. Acute injuries are caused by a single specific incident, such as a sprain, strain, fracture, or tear. Overuse injuries are caused by excessive repetitive movements over time. Some examples of overuse injuries include frozen shoulder, flexor tendinitis, shin splints, tennis elbow, and golfer’s/Little Leaguer’s elbow.
Benefits of Physical Therapy For Kids
At Wellspring Health Center, our treatments for back pain, joint pain, and sports injuries in kids are conservative and non-invasive, aimed at relieving pain and promoting healing. Our highly trained Eden Prairie, MN physical therapists incorporate specialized methods into their treatment plans as needed, such as gentle manual therapy and myofascial release. They also provide patients with light stretching and exercise plans, in order to improve the range of motion and overall function in the affected area.
It is important to note that pediatric treatments are not the same as adult treatments. Children have different biomechanics than adults because they are still growing – both physically and mentally. Each pediatric sports injury treatment plan is unique, taking into account the child’s age, level of physical activity, and continuing physical and mental development.
The overall goal of physical therapy is healing and prevention. In addition to treating the injury, our physical therapists will help strengthen the affected area, in order to prevent additional injuries from occurring. Our physical therapists will also provide your child with helpful warm-up and cool-down techniques for his or her sport, in order to lower their risk of sustaining another injury.
Contact Wellspring Health Center to get started!
If your child suffers with back or joint pain or has sustained a sports injury, schedule a complimentary consultation with Wellspring Health Center today at Eden Prairie, MN. We’ll help diagnose the issue and get your child started on the path toward recovery!