Author: Connor Ertz

Does sports specialization lead to increased injury rates in youth?

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Sports specialization has become increasingly common amongst young athletes, as have the rates of both orthopedic injuries and major injuries such as ACL tears. These concerning trends are not coincidental, reports Mininder Kocher, MD, M.P.H, an orthopedic surgeon and the associate director of Boston Children’s Sports Medicine Division, in a recent presentation to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS).

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Helping your patients manage scoliosis and brace-wearing

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For many patients with idiopathic scoliosis, wearing a brace can be a stressful and challenging endeavor. Throughout this process, supporting and encouraging your patient can be just as crucial to their treatment’s success as monitoring the brace-wearing regimen.

Michael Glotzbecker, MD, an orthopedic surgeon in the Spinal Program at Boston Children’s Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Center, and Deborah Cranford, RN, a nurse at Boston Children’s who works closely with scoliosis patients, provide insights and tips on how clinicians can help patients better manage their scoliosis treatment.

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Children with congenital hand differences exhibit better emotional health

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Approximately one in every thousand children is born with a congenital upper limb difference. These conditions can include complete or partial absence of a limb, failure of fingers to separate, duplication of fingers, overgrowth and undergrowth as well as constriction ring syndrome. Along with the physical differences this presents as a child grows and develops, there can also be mental and emotional challenges.

A recent study led by Donald S. Bae, MD, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon in the Hand and Upper Extremity Program at Boston Children’s Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Center, evaluated the physical level of function as well as the mental and emotional health of almost 600 children with congenital upper limb differences. Ultimately, the study found that while children with congenital hand differences had decreased upper limb function, they have better peer relationships and positive emotional states compared to population norms.

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Expert’s corner: Caring for labral tears in young athletes

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Labral tears are one of the most common hip injuries in young athletes and can be a result of acute injury to the hip, an underlying anatomical issue that damages the labrum or in some cases, both. Treatment of labral tears ranges from rest and physical therapy to arthroscopy to open surgery. So how do you know what course of treatment is right for each patient?

Young-Jo Kim, MD, PhD, a pediatric and young adult orthopedic hip specialist at Boston Children’s Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center, discusses the causes of labral tears and his philosophy for treatment of this injury in young athletes.

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