Sports Medicine Center Treatments

Expertise in Sports Medicine Pediatric Orthopedic Care

At University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, our pediatric orthopedists provide outstanding treatment, offering a complete approach with state-of-the-art techniques and technologies to get young athletes back in the game. When you bring your child to the Sports Medicine Center, you know you are providing them with some of the very best health care in the world.

Accurate Diagnosis with Advanced Imaging Techniques

Using the most advanced diagnostic testing and imaging, we accurately identify the nature of your child’s injury. We use this information to guide our decisions about the most effective treatment possible.

The Sports Medicine Center uses leading-edge imaging techniques, including the newest computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanning machines. The sophisticated images are interpreted by highly skilled radiologists, familiar with children’s anatomies.

During our evaluations, we are trained to recognize warning signs of serious disorders that should be thoroughly checked out before a child plays a sport.

The Most Effective Pediatric Orthopedic Treatments

Many kinds of sports injuries can be effectively treated without surgery. Medical therapy, or orthopedic treatments for children without surgery, include:

  • Splinting/casting to immobilize the injured part of the body
  • Medication to help reduce pain and inflammation
  • Traction to stretch muscles and tendons
  • Use of crutches or a wheelchair
  • Ultrasound to increase blood flow and relax spasms
  • Restricted motion to allow injured tissues to rest

When surgery is necessary, our pediatric orthopedic surgeons offer a full spectrum of the newest, most advanced surgical techniques including:

  • Arthroscopic and endoscopic surgery: These sophisticated surgeries use much smaller incisions than conventional surgeries. This innovative type of surgery results in reduced risk, less blood loss and faster recovery than with a traditional operation.
  • Transarticular drilling
  • Antegrade debridement
  • Retrograde grafting and stabilization
  • Cartilage transplants

Complex Operations

For more complex operations, when an injury involves organs outside the musculoskeletal system such as the heart or the brain, our staff at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital works together for comprehensive care. We work with other highly skilled pediatric surgeons to ensure the best possible outcome for your child.

Pediatric Physical Therapy Restores Function and Form

Our pediatric physical therapists help children, adolescents and young adults restore movement, improve flexibility, correct misalignments, expand range of motion and increase endurance.

Many sports injuries require physical therapy to restore strength to the injured part of the body, usually through special exercises and stretches. We offer a comprehensive range of rehab services, with technologically advanced rehabilitation and exercise equipment and personnel who are skilled in creating superior programs for young patients.

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