Orthopedic Ultrasound, Inc
Medical Diagnostic Imaging Center & Musculoskeletal Specialist located in Westlake Village, CA
Sports injuries can happen to anyone at any age, and they affect your ability to lead a normal life, as well as make you unable to participate in the sports you love. The experts at Orthopedic Ultrasound, Inc. in Westlake Village, California, can help ensure you get the best possible treatment for you and your child’s sports injuries by using musculoskeletal ultrasound to provide you with the most accurate diagnosis of the problem. Call Orthopedic Ultrasound, Inc. today to learn more or book an appointment online.
Sports and Pediatric Injuries Q & A
What are sports injuries?
Sports injuries happen when you’re playing a sport or during training. They can often occur when you’re doing other types of vigorous physical activities as well.
Sports injuries that occur in children when they’re playing sports or training for sport are known as pediatric sports injuries. Some of the pediatric sports injuries children get are the same as those adults experience, like sprains, strains, and fractures.
However, children as young as one month old can also have hip issues, dysplasia, cysts, and growth plate disorders. Young kids can suffer these sports injuries due to acrobatics, doing gymnastics, dancing, playing soccer, and other activities.
What kinds of sports injuries might I get?
Some of the more common sports injuries that bring patients to Orthopedic Ultrasound, Inc. include:
Rotator cuff injuries
Your rotator cuff comprises muscles and tendons that connect your arm to your shoulder and help keep it in the socket. Dislocating your shoulder can cause rotator cuff tears, or you might damage the rotator cuff when using your arm or shoulder with force, for example when serving in tennis.
ACL and MCL tears
The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and medial collateral ligament (MCL) in your knee are prone to injury when playing sports, especially those in which you need to turn or stop suddenly while running at high speed.
The meniscus is a section of cartilage in your knee. It’s vulnerable to injury from the same sorts of causes as ACL and MCL tears.
How are sports injuries diagnosed?
Diagnosing sports injuries, as well as pediatric sports injuries, is a specialty at Orthopedic Ultrasound, Inc. Due to the more complex nature of diagnosing pediatric sports injuries, it takes considerable skill to make an accurate diagnosis.
Musculoskeletal (MSK) ultrasound can detect tissue injuries that other types of diagnostic imaging tests can’t, thanks to the unique, real-time moving images.
Ultrasound technology is also much safer than other forms of imaging. It doesn’t use ionizing radiation like X-rays and CT scans, and there have never been any adverse events in children undergoing ultrasound scans.
The right diagnosis ensures the right treatment, so you or your child can get back to enjoying sports again with no loss of function and with a faster turnaround. Find out more about the benefits of using MSK ultrasound by calling Orthopedic Ultrasound, Inc. today or booking an appointment online.