Knee Pain in an 8-Year-Old Boy

Knee Pain in an 8-Year-Old Boy

Case An 8-year-old boy presents to an urgent care center with left knee pain that he has had for 3 days. The pain is worse with walking, and his mother says that he has been limping and will not put full weight on the leg. He reports no trauma, fever, vomiting, or numbness. His mother reports that she has given him ibuprofen but that this has not relieved his pain. View the image taken (Figure …

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Evaluation of Knee Pain: An Urgent Care Approach

Evaluation of Knee Pain: An Urgent Care Approach

Urgent message: Knee pain is a diagnostic challenge for urgent care providers, but a strong understanding of the anatomy and potential etiologies will prepare them for success. CHRISTOPHER TANGEN, DO Approximately 10% of all urgent care visits are for musculoskeletal complaints and knee pain is a common such presentation. An urgent care provider’s approach is different than that of specialists because patients present with more acute cases, and therefore, the physician needs to consider a …

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Clinical Challenge: October, 2010

In each issue, JUCM will challenge your diagnostic acumen with a glimpse of x-rays, electrocardiograms, and photographs of dermatologic conditions that real urgent care patients have presented with. If you would like to submit a case for consideration, please e-mail the relevant materials and presenting information to [email protected] A 17-year-old patient presents with a “twisted” left knee sustained in a fall, able to bear weight despite obvious pain. View the image taken (Figure 1) and …

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