When to visit a doctor for kids injuries?
Apart from when a bone is sticking out of your child’s knee and is openly visible while he is hollering out in pain, it can be difficult to identify when is the appropriate time for you to see an orthopaedic for kids. The general advice is that anytime you suspect there is traumatic or repetitive motion injury to a joint, bone or nerve. However, here are some specific instances:
1) Long lasting pain
If your child has been complaining of this sharp pain in his knee that has not faded after a month or so, a visit to a kids injury doctor is necessary. Especially with children, whose bodies are still in the development phase, any long lasting pain can be indicative of a deeper and more serious issue that needs to be dealt with urgently. The problem with most of these conditions that cause pain over a long period of time is that they rarely heal up just by leaving it alone and letting time pass. That is why ensuring that the condition is treated by a proper specialist that is trained and equipped with the tools necessary is crucial.
2) Restricted mobility
In case you didn’t already know, our arms can only bend up to 180 degrees. So when I talk about restricted mobility I obviously do not mean being unable to do a 360 degree bend(this monologue was meant to be a joke btw). If your child relays to you that his range of motion is limited, or you notice a pause in your child’s usual joyful stride, it is evident that something in his musculoskeletal system is malfunctioning. Assuming this is not due to acute trauma, definitely do make a consultation with an orthopaedic for kids.
3) Your child feel unstable and run into objects
If your child feels constantly unstable and thus are unable to do simple motions such as standing up straight, this is definitely indicative of a problem with his musculoskeletal system. However, something worth pointing out is that this could be due to a neurological issue as well. Damage to the brain can result in poor muscle-brain coordination, which can cause an individual to walk into walls or bump into other people. Whatever it is, only a kids injuries doctor can formally assess and diagnose you, and orthopaedics for kids are specialized in that field. Both are serious conditions that need urgent medical attention, so please seek help as soon as possible.
Additionally, remember the fact that your child is in his development phase, so it is possible some neurological disease due to his growth has occurred.
4) Pain that gets worse when force or weight is applied
Just as how any wound that is healing that has a scab that you should not pick at, any wound that has to do with your musculoskeletal system should be subject to external pressure. A bone or tendon that is recovering has a diminished ability to bear weight, and applying extreme amounts of weight will not only impede the healing of your injury, but cause it to worsen as well.
There is one significant difference between a cut and a bone injury, however, and that is the fact that the latter is much more subtle. It is difficult to distinguish between whether a bone injury will heal by itself if left alone, or whether the appropriate medical treatment is necessary before healing will begin. An orthopaedic for kids is educated about every muscle group and bone in a child’s body, so he will be able to help you make your decision.
5) Obvious deformity
When it is painfully obvious that your child has a deformity, you should bring him to doctor who handles kids injuries. It could be something small like having a finger that is slightly bent, or something as drastic as his leg pointing in a different direction. An orthopaedic for kids will be able to assess the situation and get X-rays(if necessary) to discuss with you what options are available to correct the deformity. It can involve readjustment or simply letting it grow as it is and monitoring it to ensure it does not cause any serious side effects. The reason for the latter is usually because there are serious contraindications with performing any procedure on your child.
Which kids injury doctor should I see?
Handling your child’s injury is a delicate matter, so make sure you find a reliable and experience doctor. Word of mouth is most reliable: ask around for a good pediatric in Singapore. You can then google for reviews to gain a rough assessment of the doctor’s experience and reputation. If you need a good and affordable doctor, you can try Dr Henry Chan who has more than 14 years with kids injuries.