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Participating in a sport not only improves a child’s physical health, but it can also help them develop positive self-esteem. According to Stanford Children’s Health, there are about 30 million children and teens in the U.S. who participate in an organized sport. Playing sports has its benefits, but do you know what to do when your child has a sports injury? With about 3.5 million sports injuries per year, do you know which require a visit to the emergency room? In many cases, a trip to an urgent care will suffice for your kid’s sports injury.

Sprains and Strains

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Sprains and strains are the most common sports injury. It is important to see a provider when home treatment methods like rest, ice, compression, and elevation do not help. Symptoms include: pain, swelling, bruising, spasm, instability, and numbness, according to

Fractures and Dislocations

If you believe your child has suffered a fracture, it is important to see a provider to determine if a bone is broken. Advanced Urgent Care & Occupational Medicine has on-site x-ray machines. A dislocation, such as a shoulder dislocation, will also need medical treatment. A provider will be able to put the shoulder back in place.

Bruises, Cuts, and Scrapes

Many bruises, cuts, and scrapes can be treated at home. Make sure to clean the cuts and scrapes before bandaging. If the cut is deep, it is a good idea to see a provider to find out if stitches are required.

When Should Your Child Go to the Doctor for a Sports Injury?

Your child should see a provider when:

  • They can’t fully move a joint, arm, or leg
  • Their pain interferes with daily activity or sleep
  • Their pain does not go away
  • They experience back or neck pain. It is especially important to see a provider if they experience weakness, numbness, or pain that shoots down their leg
  • There is joint swelling, instability, or locking

See a Provider After-Hours and on the Weekend

Advanced Urgent Care & Occupational Medicine is open 7 days a week – 8 am to 8 pm. This is especially convenient when practice and games are after 5 pm or on the weekends when your primary care physician’s office is closed. With on-site x-ray and providers who are trained to treat all ages, we are here for you and your family. We have several locations across the front range. Check wait times at the clinic before you arrive by clicking here.