With their bodies still forming and bodies constantly changing, children are particularly vulnerable to orthopedic injuries.
The hip is a ball-in-socket joint, and one of the body's largest weight-bearing joints. It endures tremendous wear and tear from kids who are always on the move... running, jumping, playing.
Two common pediatric hip injuries are:
- sudden pain in hip, thigh, or knee
- limping or inability to bear weight while standing
With any hip injury, especially those in children, it is important to seek early evaluation and take swift action if necessary. Allowing a hip injury to persist can predispose a child to painful arthritis later on.
Parents, and especially coaches of young athletes, should always be mindful of the possibility of a pediatric hip injury.
Adapted from STOP Sport Injuries
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