Different problems with the bones, muscles, nerves, ligaments, and tendons in the body can cause pain. One or more areas of your child's body may ache or burn, or feel tired, stiff, or sore.
The medical term for this type of pain is musculoskeletal pain. It can have many different causes. In some cases, the cause of the pain is another health problem. Sometimes the pain is caused by an injury such as a strain or sprain. Or the pain can be from using one part of the body in the same way over and over again. This is called overuse.
To help find the cause of your child's pain, the doctor examines your child and asks questions about his or her health. Blood tests or imaging tests like an X-ray may also be helpful. But sometimes doctors can't find a cause of the pain.
Treatment depends on your child's symptoms and the cause of the pain, if known.
The doctor has checked your child carefully, but problems can develop later. If you notice any problems or new symptoms, get medical treatment right away.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Encourage your child to:
To help treat your child's pain:
Call your child's doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of:
February 19, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
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