Sports & Orthopedic Injury Rehabilitation

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Whether sports injury rehabilitation is needed as a result of overuse, an accident or surgical recovery, children and adolescents need a program that takes into account both their lifestyle and unique, developing musculoskeletal system.

An approach that gets kids back to all their fun and games

Using a team approach, our therapists evaluate the patient’s musculoskeletal and neurological systems, as well as the environment in which they live and play. Then we develop a treatment plan for each child. Usually, this plan focuses on regaining range of motion, motor control and muscle strength, on an outpatient basis.

Our plans involve every body.

Our treatment plans combine therapy principles with the specific child’s needs, both now and down the road. We utilize a combination of physical, occupational and other specialized therapies to work with the child, but we don’t stop there; we also communicate with everyone from the family to the school to the sports and recreation community. By promoting ongoing conversations with the patient’s family, coaches, teachers and physicians, we’re better able to provide the best chance for a full recovery and reduce future injuries.

A young athlete with an injury is very different than an adult athlete with an injury. At The Children’s Institute, our therapists recognize the unique needs of children and adolescents, and are specifically trained to treat them. 


Athletic Injury:

  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Overuse injuries 
  • Trauma
  • Tendonitis
  • Meniscus or ligamentus tears of the knee 
  • Shoulder impingement, subluxation and dislocation 
  • Tennis/golfer's elbow 
  • Bursitis
  • Patellofemoral pain syndrome

Concussion Care:

  • Sports injuries
  • Child and adolescent-specific clinical supervision 
  • ImPACT testing - pre- and post-injury
  • Return to participation - monitoring and progression
  • Neuropsychological testing

Pre-Sports Screening

  • Pre-determine risk for injuries 
  • Screen for neuromuscular imbalance
  • Decrease sports-related injury risk

Orthopedic Treatment:

  • Osgood-Schlatter’s Disease 
  • Sinding-Larsen-Johansson Syndrome
  • Sever’s Disease
  • Scoliosis
  • S/p fracture or surgical intervention
  • Chronic Pain Management:
  • RND
  • RSD
  • Amplified pain syndrome
  • Chronic headaches

Hypermobility Syndromes:

  • Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
  • Connective Tissue Disorders
  • Benign Joint Hyper-mobility Syndrome
  • Joint Laxity
  • Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS)

Our Sports and Orthopedic Program is available at all four of our convenient locations in Squirrel Hill, Wexford, Bridgeville and Irwin.


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