My daughter is 11 years old and and tumbles at a level 4/5 in competitive cheerleading. She was playing with a friend and feel back on her hand and dislocated her elbow. For the moment the arm is in a cast (4 to 6 weeks) and I know nothing more about the condition of her joint or ligaments. Any advice on what to expect from the recovery process would be great. She is VERY concerned about this happening again and also concerned about being about to return to tumbling. I looked at her X-rays and her growth plates are pretty much gone so I'm not sure what that means for healing. As a parent I am terrified and in need of information about what we are facing. Will she return to tumbling? Will this happen again? Will she ever be at full strength? Thanks in advance!
Post by Glenn Fleisig, Ph.D. on Apr 18, 2017 14:08:16 GMT -6
aestrisler, It's hard to comment without more information. How often does your daughter participate (including practice) in competitive cheerleading? When you say she was "playing with a friend", was it practicing cheerleading, or jsut goofing around? If cheerleading, what was the specific activity she was doing when she injured her elbow What doctor did she see? What was the diagnosis? What is the plan the doctor gave for after the cast, including rehabilitation? Any history of previous injuries?
We have practice for tumbling and cheer 3-4 times a week. She was just goofing around with her friend, fell back on her arm and hit iron the posterior surface of her distal humerus. The cast was placed due to a small fracture (resembled green stick fracture) of medial epicondyle of humerus. We go back to the doctor in 10 days to reevaluate fracture. We are seeing Dr. Sirmon of North Louisiana Orthopedics. I am assuming we will be given further treatment information and a plan when we return.
Post by Glenn Fleisig, Ph.D. on Apr 19, 2017 8:03:05 GMT -6
I understand your concern. I am a parent, too. As Dr. Sirmon is well-qualified and is the one seeing your daughter in person, let's see what he says in 10 days. Discuss with him your daughter's planned return from this injury as well as the risk of re-injury. I also want to say that if rehab is involved, the quality of the physical therapist is extremely important.