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Boston Children's Hospital's Orthopedic Center provides patients with comprehensive care—including evaluation, diagnosis, consultation, non-surgical therapies, surgery and follow-up care.
Initial treatment to stabilize an overuse injury usually includes “R.I.C.E.” (rest, ice, compression and elevation), as well as medications to help control pain and swelling.
But the most important therapy for the injury is simply to rest it—restricting all activities that involve using the injured muscle, tendon, ligament or bone—for a period of weeks or months as determined by your child's Sports Medicine specialist. The doctor may also recommend a splint, cast or boot to protect the injured area from further damage.
For an unusually severe overuse injury, treatment options may include:
Caring for your child as he heals
Your child's doctor will give you guidance about how long your child's overuse injury should be rested in order for it to heal. Most overuse injury patients are able to return to sports and regular activities after several weeks or months of rest and healing time.
During the healing period, it's important for everybody in the family to support the young athlete's resolve to rest the healing area, since he may feel disappointed and even a bit depressed at not being able to play his sport.
At Boston Children's Hospital, we understand that a hospital visit can be difficult, and sometimes overwhelming. So, we offer many amenities to make your child's—and your own—hospital experience as pleasant as possible. Our Center for Families staff will give you all the information you need regarding:
In particular, we understand that you may have a lot of questions when your child is diagnosed with an overuse injury. Will this affect my child long term? When can he return to his sports and activities? Children's can connect you with extensive resources to help you and your family through this stressful time, including:
We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”