Back to School: Sports Injuries

November 1, 2018| Health and Wellbeing /

The kids are finally back at school and parents rejoice, but school brings its own challenges with homework, the dreaded nits, and the far too common sports injuries. Why is it that kids can play all summer long with no more than a scratch but they’re back at school a week and have torn the knee out of their new school pants and have a broken ankle to go with it?

The most common sporting injuries are sprains and strains, and other than a few weeks of bandages, bruising and maybe a pair of crutches they’re relatively harmless injuries that sort themselves out. Unfortunately, sporting injuries aren’t limited to sprains and sometimes end up causing dislocations such as in shoulders and fingers, and broken wrists, ankles, and elbows, ouch! While some injuries are quite obvious through swelling and pain levels, sometimes the only way to tell the extent of an injury is to do an X-ray.

It may surprise some parents to learn that there’s no clear divide between boys and girls and that they’re equally likely to end up in the emergency department or radiology centre for a sport related injury. There doesn’t seem to be a huge difference in the amount of primary or secondary students in for scans either, and so safe sporting practices are equally as important for older and younger children.

What can they do to reduce the likelihood of injury?

Slow down and be careful seem like no brainers but it doesn’t hurt to remind kids as they’re often excited to dive in head first, literally. Warming up and stretching before any physical activity loosens the muscles and does reduce the amount of damage done when an injury occurs.

If your little one (or big one), does have a sporting injury you should firstly head to a GP, unless it’s clearly a more serious injury or they can’t move. Call an Ambulance or head to your nearest emergency room if there’s an obvious break or dislocation. Your GP may refer you to hospital or a radiologist for scans if they can’t be sure of the severity of an injury, there they will do an X-ray or scan to check for damage.

At Epworth Medical Imaging, we cater for all ages and types of injuries and diseases. This includes X-ray, CT, MRI, ultrasound and Nuclear Medicine. All these modalities are available at both Richmond and Freemasons campuses. The Geelong campus has all these except Nuclear Medicine.
— Chris Perry, Chief Radiographer, Epworth HealthCare

Doing an X-ray on a child can be difficult if they’re scared or fidgety as it’s important they stay still. A good radiographer will talk your child through the process of a scan and let them know what will happen and what they will feel, hear and see, so they feel comfortable and can co-operate in holding different poses.

Having a scan is a safe, painless procedure and you can check out more about the safety of imaging services here.

Sarah Stanley


Join the conversation on The Village

June 17, 2019| Health and Wellbeing/

When Period Pain Strikes Again

We caught up with Dr Kent Kuswanto, Epworth obstetrician and gynaecologist to talk all things periods.

June 13, 2019| Our Community/

Team Recipes - Super Moist Gluten Free Banana Bread

Recipes brought to you by the Epworth team. You can’t stop at one slice and you’ll never know it’s gluten free! Slice & serve warm.

June 11, 2019| Our Community/

First Birthday for Epworth Cousins

It’s been a year since we’ve been following sisters Alex and Jane’s bubs - Charlotte and Lola. It’s been a year since they both gave birth to their daughters, one at Epworth Freemasons and the other at Epworth Geelong. Let’s find out how life has changed since then.

June 4, 2019| Health and Wellbeing/

Ovarian Cysts

An ovarian cyst is a fluid filled sac or pouch which forms on the ovary. Ovarian cysts, in most cases are harmless and resolve on their own. If the cyst is cancerous, it requires medical intervention. Ovarian cysts are common in women of childbearing age.

May 21, 2019| Health and Wellbeing/

Catering for Someone with a Food Allergy

With 1 in 10 infants now developing a food allergy, being conscious of what you are buying and how you prepare food is more important than ever.