The goal of treatment is to control the pain, promote healing, prevent complications and restore normal use of the injured area.
Initial treatment for overuse injuries includes R.I.C.E. (rest, ice, compression and elevation).
Talk with your child's doctor if the injured area has a prolonged, visible deformity or if severe pain keeps your child from using their arm, leg, wrist, ankle, foot or knee.
Other treatment options may include:
- Activity restrictions
- Splint or cast
- Crutches or wheelchair
- Physical therapy (to stretch and strengthen the injured muscles, ligaments and tendons)
- Surgery. Your child may need surgery if the injury happens again, they have pain that doesn't get better, or a muscle, tendon or ligament is badly torn.