Testing & Diagnosis for Overuse Injuries in Children


At Children’s Hospital Boston, we know that the first step to treating your child is forming an accurate, timely diagnosis.

To diagnose an overuse injury, your child’s orthopedic specialist will take a medical history and perform a physical exam on your child. During the exam, the doctor will move the joint around to pinpoint the area of discomfort.

The doctor will also get x-rays to make sure there isn’t a true fracture. But x-rays can be deceiving, because children can have stress fractures and damage to their growth plates that can’t be seen on x-rays. So occasionally, clinicians will use MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) to get detailed images of the injury and verify that there is—or isn’t—a certain condition.

If you live far from Boston, we can help

As an international pediatric orthopedics center, Children’s treats young patients from all over the world. Our International Center assists families residing outside the United States: We facilitate the medical review of patient records; coordinate appointment scheduling; and help families with customs and immigration, transportation, hotel and housing accommodations.