Testing & Diagnosis for Overuse Injuries in Children

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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.

We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

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