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Old 02-23-2012, 06:59 AM   #1
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kids and leg pain

our 4 yr. old sort of did a split and then fell on his leg. he was coming down the stairs. the next day he said his upper leg hurt and he was favoring it. so we took him to the dr. who gave him a good exam and he felt it was just a contusion/bruise of the muscle. he did not take an xray since he said he highly doubt it was broke by his movement and pain threshold (and to avoid needless radiation).

now three days later he said his leg hurt, and then a little while later he said his knee hurt (on the other leg). he is a very active child and can be rough. could this just be some bumps/bruises/overuse? or still effects from falling? or does this sound serious? everytime he mentions it he then seems to go and do whatever he wants w/no restrictions. i am stressing out over this! any info. would be great thanks!

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Old 02-23-2012, 09:27 PM   #2
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I wouldn't stress it too much.
I've had 3 little kids and when they say they have pain and then they go play, they usually don't have any serious complications from their injury. If he was truly seriously injured, he wouldn't be playing, he'd be laying on the floor crying or at least a little more lethargic. Now you or I if we did that- we'd probably have to go to the doctor's and have everything done! But kids are a little more flexible.
If he did anything to it, he might have pulled a muscle which doesn't feel good. And his other knee might be hurting because he's leaning on it more to favor the other leg. Then the uninjured leg can start to hurt because its compensating for both legs. There's a cream you can buy at most stores called Arnica, this might help the swelling and bruising. (Topical only)
Otherwise, if after a week he's still complaining consistently(and you can determine its not because he's liking the extra attention) he might have actually ripped a tendon and needs to see a doctor, although that would be a more rare occurrence.

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