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September 2019

Question:

My son hurt his ankle yesterday at football practice. There is some bruising. Not so much swelling. He is walking on top toes or trying to. He is 8. Should I take to pediatrician or urgent care clinic?
Keywords: ankle, bruising, pediatrician, urgent, orthopaedic
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August 2019

Question:

My son is 20 months now. He has Rickets, and started medication one month ago. His legs are bended like bow legs and walks sideways. Will his legs become straight? Will he need any therapy? Will walking and playing affect his bowed legs to be bowed more?
Keywords: rickets, "bowed legs" correction, "curved bones", "muscle growth"
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August 2019

Question:

My 6-year-old doctor was just diagnosed with scoliosis with a 25% curve. The pediatric orthopedist told us she would need to wear a brace for 18 hours each day until she stops growing, so approximately 8-10 years. He also recommended an MRI. Is this something that we should seek a second opinion for or is this pretty standard as far as treatment goes? I'd hate to make her wear a brace for the next 8-10 years if it isn't completely necessary. Please advise.
Keywords: "juvenile scoliosis", "tethered cord", "bracing", scoliosis
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July 2019

Question:

My son’s legs are turned outward at the hips and we we were recently told there is nothing that can be done about it. He walks and runs with his legs and feet in “second” position. He is 8 years old and autistic which means he already has problems doing everyday things. This is another hurdle in our everyday world. Can any type of physical or aqua therapy help at all?
Keywords: "muscle strength", "in-toeing", "femoral anteversion", "femoral retroversion", "physical therapy"
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March 2019

Question:

My son going to be four years old on May 9. I noticed that he has a problem with knock knees and his legs are not in proper shape. His knees touch each other when he walks. Being a father I am worried about my son legs. I read some articles that mentioned this could strengthen by age 6-7. Can you please advise, do I need to consult with a doctor or need to work with him on some exercises? Thanks!
Keywords: "knock knees", "knock kneed" "bow legs", "genu valgum", knees
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February 2019

Question:

Could hip dysplasia be treated with massage? Once my daughter was diagnosed (she was 4 months old then), I was told to take her to a massage specialist. I understand it's not an option, but could it have a beneficial effect on her?
Keywords: "hip dysplasia", dysplasia, hip
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December 2018

Question:

I’m a 13 (almost 14) years old, and been having knee pain in the front of my knee right below it, sometimes on the sides, and in the back for the past 3 months, with no swelling, a few to no bruises. It all started after a softball game, I was sitting on the floor and I got up, and when I went to put pressure on my leg I had a shooting pain in my knee and I could barely walk. Ever since that night every once in a while I get really bad knee pain and it usually last 3-8 days.
Keywords: "knee pain", "sports injury", knee
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November 2018

Question:

My son who is 7 months old is suffering from soft tissue swelling on the dorsum of the foot from birth. This condition is present on both of his feet. This condition is also known as clubfoot if I am correct. Now I would like to know if treatment is possible for this condition. If so does he have to undergo any surgery, or can the condition be treated without any kind of surgery? If surgery is needed what will be the total cost including hospital fee and at what age can he undergo it?
Keywords: clubfoot, "soft tissue swelling", dorsum, ponseti
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October 2018

Question:

My son is 14 years of age and he is complaining of lower back pain. Does it have something to do with growing pains of is the need to worry?
Keywords: "low back pain", "back pain"
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September 2018

Question:

My son was recently diagnosed with cerebral palsy at age 11 years, he has flat feet and out-toeing noticed by the physician who diagnosed him. What are treatment options? Is it too late at this age to correct?
Keywords: "cerebral palsy", "flat feet"
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