In this CHOC Radio expert interview, Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. John Schlechter dropped by Seacrest Studios to talk about overuse injuries in children. Many children today are involved in sports and some kids even specialize in one type of sport at a young age. Repetitive use of the same bones and joints can cause stress on growing bodies and may result in injury. Dr. Schlechter talks about common overuse injuries, what causes them and how they are treated. He emphasizes that recovery is key and that kids need to recover slowly before they can get back into the game.
Dr. Schlechter is a board certified fellowship trained Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon specializing in sports medicine and arthroscopy for children and adolescents.
The CHOC Children’s Sports Medicine Program offers young athletes unrivaled services for their sports-related injuries—including care from board-certified physicians, with access to multidisciplinary specialists, state-of-the-art diagnostics, surgical techniques and on-site rehabilitation facilities.
The most common injuries caused by falls on the playground are to the wrist and elbow, Dr. Carl Weinert, a CHOC Children’s orthopaedic surgeon, tells “American Health Journal.”
It’s possible to sustain these injuries no matter how hard or soft the playground surface, says Dr. Weinert, adding that wearing wrist guards and elbow and knee pads can help protect children.
Learn more about treatment and prevention of these common injuries in “American Health Journal,” a television program that airs on PBS and other national network affiliates that reach more than 30 million households.
Each 30-minute episode features six segments with a diverse range of medical specialists discussing a full spectrum of health topics. For more information, visit www.discoverhealth.tv.
More About Dr. Weinert
Carl Weinert, M.D. completed his undergraduate, medical, and orthopaedic education at the University of Pittsburgh. He established the first pediatric orthopaedic practice in Orange County. As a Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at UCI, he has trained hundreds of orthopaedic and pediatric residents, medical students, nurses, physical therapists, and pre-med college students. He is a member of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America and directs the program for treatment of children with clubfoot, and also the musculoskeletal tumor program at CHOC Children’s. Learn more about The CHOC Children’s Orthopaedic Institute.