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Pediatric Sports Medicine

Pediatric Sports Medicine

As more children and teens participate in year-round, organized sporting activities, injuries to these young athletes are on the rise. A recent study by the American Academy of Pediatrics reported that each year more than 3.5 million sports-related injuries requiring medical treatment occur in children under the age of 15.

Although teens and children typically receive good care from a primary care or general orthopedic physician, for sports-related injuries it can be beneficial to seek the care of a Pediatric Sports Medicine specialist. Injuries and conditions of the bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and joints experienced by young athletes can be very different than with adult patients. Also, children are not always as adept as adults in communicating the health problems that they may be experiencing.

Our Physicians

Jeffrey Mjaanes, M.D., and Monica Kogan, M.D., serve as the lead physicians for the Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush Pediatric Sports Medicine program. These physicians have the specialized training and experience required to effectively treat musculoskeletal conditions and sports-related injuries of growing children.

Dr. Mjaanes is a board certified pediatrician who is fellowship-trained and certified in sports medicine. He has dedicated his practice to caring for local young athletes, which includes serving as Head Team Physician for North Lawndale College Prep School, Crane High School, and Simeon Career Academy. Dr. Mjaanes is a team physician with US Soccer and has traveled to various countries with both adult and youth teams. He is Head Team Physician for Trinity University and provides coverage for athletes at DePaul University's athletic training room as well. Currently, he serves as Assistant Chair of the Sports Medicine and Fitness Committee of the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. Mjaanes' research interests include anterior knee pain in children, weight training in adolescents, and throwing injuries in young athletes. In his practice, Dr. Mjaanes cares for athletes with all types of athletic injuries and needs, which, in addition to sprains and strains, includes simple fractures, concussions, skin conditions, and exercise-induced asthma. He also performs sports physicals and general exercise prescriptions for all ages.

Dr. Kogan, a pediatric orthopedics specialist, is focused on the treatment of children's broken bones and other orthopedic problems unique to young patients including pediatric trauma, developmental dysplasia, neurologic dysfunction, pediatric scoliosis, and walking disorders.

Dr. Mjaanes and Dr. Kogan are supported by primary care sports medicine specialist Kathy Weber, M.D., along with sports medicine surgeons Bernard Bach Jr., M.D., Charles Bush-Joseph, M.D., Brian J. Cole, M.D., Gregory P. Nicholson, M.D., Anthony A. Romeo, M.D., and Nikhil N. Verma, M.D.

Our Treatment Philosophy

These board-certified, fellowship-trained physicians take a comprehensive approach to treating pediatric sports injuries, which includes superior diagnostics, physical therapy, pain management, and when necessary, the latest surgical techniques. They are also able to effectively communicate with children, enabling the physician to make a more accurate diagnosis and better explain treatment options to both the young athlete and parents.

Common sports injuries and conditions treated by the MOR pediatric sports medicine physicians include:

  1. Sprains and strains
  2. Overuse injuries
  3. Dislocations
  4. Cartilage injuries
  5. Fractures
  6. Stress fractures
  7. Ligament injuries
  8. Minor fractures and avulsions
  9. Apophysitis/growth plate injuries
  10. Tendinitis

For additional information about Pediatric Sports Medicine at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, please call 877 MD BONES (877.632.6637).

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