It's Not Just Growing Pains: A Guide to Childhood Muscle, by Thomas J. A. Lehman

By Thomas J. A. Lehman

Arthritis is generally thought of a disorder of older adults, yet approximately 300,000 kids within the usa be afflicted by a few type of arthritis or rheumatic affliction, reminiscent of juvenile arthritis (JRA), fibromyalgia, continual fatigue, systemic lupus erythematosus, scleroderma, or Kawasaki ailment. but previously little or no info has been on hand to lead mom and dad and medical professionals in safely diagnosing such little ones. here's a readable, trustworthy advisor to the typical motives of bone, joint, muscle, and arthritis discomfort in childrens, designed to assist mom and dad and physicians comprehend those issues, arrive on the right analysis, and select the simplest remedy. during this finished source, Dr. Thomas Lehman--the head of 1 of the main prestigious pediatric rheumatology courses within the world--offers easy-to-understand info at the factors, indicators, exams, and coverings for a large choice of rheumatic ailments and adolescence soreness. Dr. Lehman writes with nice readability, offering a variety of case examples that illustrate the subject to hand and delivering sensible, down-to-earth recommendation. both very important, he solutions the questions that folks are probably to invite: What may still they realize of their young ones? What questions should still they ask their health practitioner? Which assessments are worthy? What hazard components should still they pay attention to? and the way can they assist their teenagers take care of the social and mental facets in their affliction. The ebook summarizes diagnostic exams, discusses the best medicinal drugs, and discusses actual treatment, substitute remedy, and surgical concepts which are on hand. sincerely written, thorough, authoritative, and up to date, it isn't simply turning out to be Pains is the definitive source to be had at the topic for fogeys and health and wellbeing care execs, supporting them to appreciate the kid's ache and locate the easiest to be had care.

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However, if it persists, the pediatrician should pay careful atten­ tion and orthopedic evaluation is needed. Children with congenital hip dislocation walk with a waddling gait that is obvious to a trained observer but may be overlooked by parents. If the hip dislocation is present on only one side, it may be suspected when the parents or physician notice that the line under the curve of the buttock is not in the same position on both sides (asymmetric gluteal folds). The chil­ dren will have decreased range of motion of the hips, if carefully exam­ ined, and abnormal X rays.

Over time, they develop symptoms in other joints. However, they often have to be asked and examined care­ fully for evidence of pain or limitation in the back, wrists, knees, or ankles, as they will not associate the complaints in other joints with their hip pain. This often results in a delay in proper treatment while they are investigated for the cause of their repeated injuries (see Chapter 9 for more detail). Since spondyloarthropathies rarely begin in children be­ fore the age of ten, younger children with hip pain must be carefully evaluated to exclude other causes.

If the joint is swollen, then withdrawing fluid from the knee may provide useful answers. Discover­ ing bacteria in the fluid will indicate an infection, while a large amount of blood suggests an injury (see synovial fluid analysis in Chapter 24). If the knee appears to be absolutely normal, it is important to examine the child and make sure the pain is not coming from the shaft of the bone or even the hip. Blood tests may be helpful in detecting an infection or arthritis. A bone scan can also help.

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