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Overview of children's bones & joints

Some bone and joint problems in children can be serious, for example, septic arthritis or osteomyelitis. Other problems, such as growing pains, are common and can be distressing to the child and family. 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's important to seek urgent medical care if your child develops sudden bone or joint pains, starts limping, or won't use an arm or leg.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed April 2018. Last updated July 2019.

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Review key: HIBJC-30067