Knee injuries are quite common among students in schools. Many of these happen while participating in sports like soccer, football, track, wrestling, and others. While these injuries may happen on the field, the impact continues throughout the day. If a student is in pain, has limited mobility, or is unable to participate in physical education classes with their peers, it can weigh on their lives. Twisting a knee during an activity can change their life in ways that they may not understand. It is important to be open to listening to these teens and hearing how an injury has altered their life. Help them get any frustrations about the injury out.
Schools also work with student athletes to try to alleviate their pain and ease them back into sports and more. The problem is that, oftentimes, injuries reoccur and may actually worsen over time. Many students and families are eventually faced with the possibility of a knee replacement. This is a very difficult reality for many of them. For a teen or young adult to require this, they need to know some facts. Knee replacement surgery is typically only a fix for 10 to 20 years. Thanks to this, doctors and therapists are looking to see what other ways they can help young patients who need mobility and pain-free days.
Students who have large cartilage problems do not have many options to help them. Pain eventually pushed them to seeking what will make it stop. Bone transplants may help some teens to have some relief. This new medical procedure called a BioUni includes a bone and cartilage graft together. A small piece of donor bone may be used to graft where the damage is. Over time, patients are able to often get back to regular activities and are able to forget which knee has had the procedure.
While school providers are unable to give medical advice to students and families, they may point them toward resources. School nurses, coaches, and physical therapists should know where injured students may turn for help. Have a list of providers available to give to families so they may seek all options. Look for bone and joint centers that work with young patients and are involved in innovative to give patients quality of life. In addition to this, look for sports medicine practices in the area that may work with schools to educate students on ways to avoid injuries and why they should not ignore pain.