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Keeping Kids Bones and Joints Strong

Monday, Sep 22, 2014

The orthopedic experts of Doylestown Hospital provide specialized pediatric care for injuries from head to toe.

Being active is great for children and teens, but there is a risk for injury. Common sports injuries include sprains, strains or trauma to joints or bones, fractures and repetitive motion injuries.

"When it comes to treating young people, it's important to keep a few things in mind," says Susan Griffith, DO, who is fellowship-trained in pediatric orthopedics.

  • Children are not 'little adults' and often their treatment differs from that of adults
  • An X-ray is almost always ordered to help with diagnosis
  • Sometimes what a parent thinks is an injury related to sports might be caused by something else (previous injury, illness, infection, even Lyme disease)
  • Pain relief for children is different than that for adults

Dr. Griffith looks forward to the opening of The Carol and Louis Della Penna Pediatric Center of Doylestown Hospital. "This will allow for faster treatment for our pediatric patients. And it helps the children feel more comfortable."

Dr. Griffith is a multi-sport athlete, former soccer coach, current marathoner and CB East High School graduate who practices with Doylestown Orthopaedic Specialists.

Could It Be a Concussion?

When you hear the word concussion, you likely think sports injury. But the fact is anyone can have a concussion – Sarah falls off the monkey bars, Mom has a fender bender, Jake flips off his skateboard onto the sidewalk.

A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or upper body that causes the head and brain to move quickly back and forth, explains Michelle Horn, DO, who is fellowship-trained in sports medicine and concussion management.

While concussions are essentially invisible (no brain scan can confirm a concussion), there are recognizable signs and symptoms. These may be subtle and not immediately apparent.

Concussion symptoms (may last for days, weeks or longer):

  • Physical – Headache, nausea, vomiting, balance issues, ringing in the ears, dizziness, fatigue and sensitivity to light and/or noise
  • Cognitive – Mental fogginess, difficulty concentrating and/or remembering, and slowed thinking
  • Emotional – Increased irritability, sadness, nervousness, or feeling more emotional than usual
  • Sleep – Drowsiness, sleeping more or less than usual, trouble falling asleep



"Following a concussion, the brain requires cognitive and physical rest. I instruct patients not to do anything that can make symptoms worse," says Dr. Horn, who practices with Buckingham Family Medicine and Bucks County Orthopedic Specialists.

She adds, "Generally, most individuals recover fully and are back to normal function within two to three weeks." However, let your doctor tell you for certain when you're ready to return to life as you know it.

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About Pediatric Services

Doylestown Health is committed to providing family-centered children’s services to the community. The Carol and Louis Della Penna Pediatric Center offers expert inpatient care to all ages including infants, children and teens. Della Penna Pediatric Center Services extend beyond the hospital setting to include health and wellness education, nutrition services and other support services within the community.

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