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Pediatric Sprains and Strains

The majority of sports injuries are caused by minor trauma involving muscles, ligaments and/or tendons, including:

  • Contusions (bruises)
  • Sprains
  • Strains

The most commonly sprained or strained joint is the ankle.

The three ligaments involved in ankles sprains or strains include the following:

    Illustration demonstrating the three ligaments involved in ankle sprains/strains
  • Anterior talofibular ligament
  • Posterior talofibular ligament
  • Calcaneofibular ligament

Sprains or strains are uncommon in younger children because their growth plates (areas of bone growth located in the ends of long bones) are weaker than the muscles or tendons. Instead, children are prone to fractures.

Prevention and Risk Assessment

Diagnosis

Treatments

Children's Team

Children's Team

Providers

Katie Endres

Katharine Endres

Physician Assistant
General Pediatric Orthopaedics, Orthopaedic Trauma and Spine Specialist
Emily Hattwick

Emily Hattwick

Orthopaedic Surgeon
Hand and Upper Extremity Specialist
Diana Hines, CPNP, CPNP-PC

Diana Hines

Nurse Practitioner
Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Trauma Specialist
Emily Niu

Emily Niu

Orthopaedic Surgeon
Sports Medicine, Orthopaedic Trauma Specialist
Jeffrey Peck, M.D.

Jeffrey Peck

Orthopaedic Surgeon
Hip, Spine and Orthopaedic Trauma Specialist
Leanne Sellier

Leanne Sellier

Physician Assistant
General Pediatric Orthopaedics, Orthopaedic Trauma and Spine Specialist
Sean Tabaie

Sean Tabaie

Medical Director, Motion Capture Lab
Orthopaedic Surgeon
Cerebral Palsy, Limb Lengthening and Deformity and Orthopaedic Trauma Specialist
Lindsay Weigley

Lindsay Weigley

Physician Assistant
Bone Health, General Pediatric Orthopaedics and Orthopaedic Trauma Specialist
Robert Wilson

Robert Wilson

Orthopaedic Surgeon
Hand and Upper Extremity Specialist
Nancy Zonarich

Nancy Zonarich

Physician Assistant
General Pediatric Orthopaedics, Bone Tumors, Cerebral Palsy, Spine Specialist
Departments

Departments

Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine

From sprains and strains to complex congenital conditions, Children’s National Hospital offers one of the most experienced pediatric orthopaedic practices in the nation with experience in treating all areas from head to toe.

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