Adolescent Sports Injuries Specialist

Downtown Pain Management

Board Certified Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Physician & Board Certified Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Physician located in Hoboken, NJ & Shrewsbury, NJ

Nearly 30 million American children and adolescents participate in sports, making sports injuries especially common in this age group. Ron Ben-Meir, DO, FAAPMR, evaluates and treats adolescent sports injuries at three Downtown Pain Management locations in Red Bank and Hoboken, New Jersey. If your adolescent has a sports injury, call the office nearest you or book an appointment online today.

Adolescent Sports Injuries Q&A

What are common adolescent sports injuries?

Many teens participate in a variety of sports throughout the school year, like soccer, football, baseball, and softball. This leaves them prone to a wide range of sports injuries. 

At Downtown Pain Management, Dr. Ben-Meir treats the full spectrum of adolescent sports injuries, including:

  • Ankle sprains
  • Knee pain, including Osgood-Schlatter disease
  • ACL tears
  • Meniscus tears
  • Little Leaguer’s elbow
  • Fractures and dislocations
  • Shoulder pain, including bursitis
  • Tendinitis, including Achilles tendinitis
  • Back and neck pain
  • Shin splints
  • Stress fractures

The female athlete triad is a common condition that can affect adolescent girls and young women. The triad includes menstrual dysfunction, decreased bone density, and low energy that may accompany an eating disorder.

Why do adolescent sports injuries require specialized care?

Adolescents aren’t just small adults — their growing bodies leave them vulnerable to injuries and conditions that need specialized care.

For example, certain fractures and conditions like Osgood-Schlatter disease affect the growth plates, which is the area of developing tissue at the end of a bone. Only growing children and teens have growth plates and are susceptible to growth plate injuries.

Dr. Ben-Meir has extensive expertise in treating adolescent sports injuries so you can rest assured knowing your teen is receiving the best care.

How are adolescent sports injuries diagnosed?

First, Dr. Ben-Meir performs a physical exam and asks about how the injury occurred. He reviews your teen’s symptoms and medical history and may perform diagnostic tests, such as:

  • X-ray
  • Musculoskeletal ultrasound
  • Electromyogram (EMG)
  • Nerve conduction study (NCS)

These tests allow him to further evaluate your child’s injury so he can develop an effective treatment plan.

What treatments for adolescent sports injuries are available?

As a former athlete himself, Dr. Ben-Meir understands the importance of returning to play as quickly and safely as possible. Depending on your teen’s specific condition, he may recommend one or more of the following sports injury treatments:

  • Physical therapy
  • Rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE)
  • Immobilization in a cast or brace
  • Medication to reduce pain and inflammation
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections
  • TenJet treatment for chronic tendon pain
  • Alternative therapies like acupuncture and yoga
  • Chiropractic care

He also teaches your adolescent how to prevent sports injuries in the future and improve their performance with at-home stretching and strengthening exercises.

For advanced expertise in adolescent sports injuries, call Downtown Pain Management or book an appointment online today.