Injuries and physical issues that arise during the teenage years can be especially complicated to treat because adolescents’ bodies are still growing and changing constantly. Some injuries are even caused, more or less, by adolescence: as teens enter growth spurts, they can inadvertently cause stress on their new bodies because of the rapid change in their limbs’ length, their center of gravity, and their overall mass.
We’re constantly changing up our programs to make them more fun and enjoyable for our adolescent patients. We work with orthopedic pediatricians, local school athletic programs, and youth-serving organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area to develop cutting-edge physical therapy and overall wellness programs specifically for active adolescents.
With all that, though, probably our best endorsement comes from our adolescent patients: they tolerate the fact that we can’t text at the speed of light and only roll their eyes occasionally. Some of them even say they like us. Out loud. We figure that means we’re doing pretty good.
Adolescents deal with a highly competitive athletic environment, and the comparative slowness of rehabilitation can be frustrating for them. By making our activities challenging and empowering adolescents with control over their own physical prowess, we help them achieve their athletic goals, prevent and treat injury, and create strong, healthy bodies that will sustain them through long adulthoods.
Adolescents who participate in organized sports are particularly susceptible to accidents and overuse injuries since their bones, muscles and tendons are still developing. During this period of tumultuous growth, adolescents often add on tons of high-impact sports like basketball, football, volleyball, soccer and lacrosse with little to no rest between seasons. Some even play multiple sports or on multiple teams at the same time, putting a lot of strain on their growing bodies.
We empower adolescents with the knowledge of proper body mechanics and give them a realistic recovery time to prevent injury. Steve, who is a specialist in adolescent sports rehab and injury prevention, works with each patient to create an individual home exercise and conditioning program tailored both to the changing bodies of adolescent athletes as well as the specific sport(s) they play.
We always provide family education as well so that the entire family is involved and able to support the rehab process.
If your teenaged athlete has any of the following issues, adolescent sports physical therapy can help:
- Sever’s Disease
- Osgood Schlatter
- Patello-Femoral Syndrome
- Epiphyseal Problems
- Growing Pains
- Overuse Injuries
- ACL Strains and Tears
- Meniscus Tears
- Ankle Sprains
- Salter-Harris Fractures
- Groin Strains
- Sports Hernias