I have treated many kids in my day, including dancers, gymnasts, hockey players, volleyball players and the list goes on
Many of them experienced knee pain with activity. Most of the time the parents aren’t sure to just ignore it, ice it, or actually seek help
My philosophy is to address the pain as soon as you can. If you have ignored the pain for 6 months it will take some time to get better once you properly address it. Some kids have a hard time describing their pain, so I can see how it could get lost in translation… I have also seen some mismanaged cases over the years. For example a 12 year old girl sprained her ankle and was put in a walking boot for 13 weeks?!?!?!?! ..This lead to a host of other problems up the chain, including knee and hip pain. Which also lead to several weeks of rehab and exercises for something that probably could have been avoided. I think in this case it was a mix of misinformation: the doctor probably never told them when to get out of the walking boot and maybe the girl still had some ankle pain, which lead her to being in the boot for 13 weeks (WAY too long)…What can you turn to when your child has knee pain?..
- Stretch: Try stretching the quads, hip flexors and glutes.
- Ice: Ice the knee after exercise sessions for 20 minutes.
- Strength: Try some glute exercises such as clam shells or monster walks and core exercises such as dead bug or planks.
- Support: Try a compression sleeve, knee brace or even a tape job to help alleviate the pain.
- Seek Help: Book in with an Athletic Therapist to help address the pain to help them return to their sport pain free.. Does your child athlete have knee pain? Don’t wait to address it, get the tools to fix it ASAP!
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