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Muscle and Joint Injuries

Children often injure muscles and joints while running, playing, climbing, or during sports activities. A sprain occurs when ligaments, the bands of tissue that hold bones together, are stretched or torn. A strain occurs when the muscle-tendon unit is overstretched or torn. Tendons help hold muscles and bones together. Sprains and strains can cause pain, swelling, and sometimes result in inability to move the joint. Ankle sprains are the most common type of sports injury. Many times minor sprains and strains can be treated at home. At other times, a proper medical evaluation and treatment is needed.

There are many different types of muscle and joint injuries that require clinical care by a doctor or other health care professional. Listed in the directory below are some, for which we have provided a brief overview.

Sprains and Strains

Nursemaid's Elbow

Tennis Elbow

Reviewed Date: 02-02-2010

Lesiones en los Músculos y las Articulaciones

Disclaimer: This information is not intended to substitute or replace the professional medical advice you receive from your child's physician. The content provided on this page is for informational purposes only, and was not designed to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease. Please consult your child's physician with any questions or concerns you may have regarding a medical condition.