CORAL SPRINGS, FL – With the spring youth sports season around the corner, Coral Springs parents need to know how best to help their children if they get injured.
Sometimes it’s not so obvious.
I’ve seen my share of youth injuries as a father of three, a youth coach of more than 25 baseball, soccer, and flag football teams, and a chiropractor with more than 31 years of experience in Coral Springs.
The first part in helping an injured child is to listen and watch.
Most coaches and parents will be able to notice the obvious acute dislocation and fracture when it occurs and should always have the child transported to the ER or at least meet with their personal orthopedist at his/her office.
But the less-serious injuries aren’t always noticeable.
If your child doesn’t verbally communicate his or her pain, watch for limping and other body language.
Keep this in mind: contusions, sprains, strains, and other overuse injuries can be reduced with the immediate use of ice.
Use a moist towel on the area of pain along with a bag of crushed ice.
For most extremity injuries, the ice should be applied for 10 minutes but never longer. During this time, there should be no hiatus, even when the child wants it off.
Depending on the pain level, the ice can be reapplied for multiple applications for the first three days.
This protocol has long been studied: the immediate use of ice can reduce the severity of the resulting contusion/inflammation and can cut healing time in half.
Now, if your child’s contusion or sprain/strain or tendonitis type injury does not begin to look and feel better after the third day, then consider seeing a chiropractor, orthopedist or physical therapist for specific diagnostic evaluation, bracing, manual therapy, stretches, exercises, or physical therapy modalities.
So here’s the takeaway: if your children get hurt while playing sports, listen to what they are telling you and watch their body language.
Mild injuries that are left untreated may develop into long-term, chronic weaknesses and reoccurring injuries.
Michael W. Mathesie, DC, DACRB, is board certified in physical rehabilitation and a board certified forensic professional.
Learn more about his practice, Mathesie Chiropractic Life Center: mathesiechiropractic.com
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Contact his practice: 954-755-1434.