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Children's bones & joints

Some bone and joint problems in children can be serious, for example, septic arthritis or osteomyelitis. Other problems are common and can be distressing to the child and family, such as growing pains. Broken bones in children can sometimes be hard to diagnose.

In children, it can be difficult to determine if bone or joint pains are serious. For this reason, it is important to seek urgent medical care if your child develops sudden bone or joint pains, starts limping, or will not use an arm or leg.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Page created May 2014.

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Ankles & feet (children)

Broken bones (fractures)

Growth plate injuries

Hips & legs (children)

Pain relief for children with broken bones

Scoliosis in children

Shoulders & arms (children)

Wrists & hands (children)

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Review key: HIBJC-30067