Johns Hopkins All Children's Sports Medicine

Hip & Back Conditions

Our Pediatric Sports Medicine team put together these videos to provide information for you.

Hip and back pain may be thought of as an adult problem, but it can affect children and adolescents too. Student athletes may develop one of these conditions from injury or have an underlying condition. As the only pediatric-focused sports medicine program on Florida’s west coast, Johns Hopkins All Children's sports medicine specialists are experienced in treating these common hip and back conditions:

Hip & Back Conditions
Avulsion Injuries of the Hip
Athletes often condition their muscles to increase power, but when they become too strong the muscle can force a small piece of bone to break away from the point of attachment. Sprinters and soccer players are the most susceptible to this type of injury.
Back Pain
Back pain in children and adolescents can be caused by a variety of reasons, including injury or underlying medical conditions. If a child has back pain, he or she should see a physician for evaluation. Often, physical therapy can help.
Femoroacetabular Impingement
A sudden movement can stress a muscle to the point of tearing. The muscles of the inner thigh are commonly injured in sports such as soccer, football, basketball and tennis. This may be referred to as “groin pull” or “groin strain.”
Muscle Strain Groin Injuries
A sudden movement can stress a muscle to the point of tearing. The muscles of the inner thigh are commonly injured in sports such as soccer, football, basketball and tennis. This may be referred to as “groin pull” or “groin strain.”
Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis (SCFE)
Adolescents with SCFE typically have a history of several weeks or months of hip or knee pain and often have a limp. They may be unable to bear weight on the affected leg. This condition requires surgical treatment to prevent damage to the hip joint.

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