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.
Monica Kogan, M.D., serves as lead physician for the Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush Pediatric Sports Medicine program. Our physicians have the specialized training and experience required to effectively treat musculoskeletal conditions and sports-related injuries of growing children.
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. Kogan is supported by primary care sports medicine specialists Kathy Weber, M.D., Nicole Boniquit, M.D., and Leda Ghannad, M.D. along with sports medicine surgeons Bernard Bach Jr., M.D., Charles Bush-Joseph, M.D., Brian Cole, M.D., Gregory Nicholson, M.D., Anthony Romeo, M.D., and Nikhil 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:
- Sprains and strains
- Overuse injuries
- Cartilage injuries
- Stress fractures
- Ligament injuries
- Minor fractures and avulsions
- Apophysitis/growth plate injuries