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Knee pain in teenagers - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi,
User :   Dr XXXX here
User :   hi Doc
User :   How can i hepl you
User :   help*
User :   hello Dr.XXXX. I wanted to address you with a problem faced by my daughter who is in her teens (to be 13 this year)
User :   yes , please proceed
User :   she often complaints of pain in her left knee
User :   Ok
User :   the pain she expresses is like sting pain (throbbing pain) especially when she bends her knee
User :   Ok
User :   in case she is dancing and squats a little she gets shooting pain
User :   Ok
User :   Does the pain aggregate on climbing stairs ?
User :   out of curiosity, are they symptoms of arthritis
User :   not really
User :   Since when she is complaining of the pain ?
User :   some months back
User :   Is she still complaining of pain ?
User :   in general, she does complain of legs pain, calves, thighs
User :   but the knee pain is most often of her left leg
User :   Ok,
User :   Is the pain more in early mornings ?
User :   no, its a pain which last for a few seconds. at times when the knee is bent, a crack noise is heard
User :   Its less likely for her to have arthritis
User :   Did she ever injure her joint ?
User :   with regard to legs pain which has been on and off for the past few years (approx when she was 9 yrs) the doc had mentioned she is having growing pain. FYI, she is growing tall for age group. Not injured her joint, but yes she had twisted her right ankle at the age of 6 yrs
User :   Yes , that could be a possibility
User :   Since she is of 13 the pain may continue for few more years still her metaphysis ( growth plate ) fuse
User :   But the growing pains are not throbbing type
User :   Hence i would consider possibilities of ligamental shear
User :   request you to explain it in simpler form
User :   Yes ,
User :   Growing pains involve muscles more than joints, i consider the pains in the joint are due to stretching of the bands connecting the joints
User :   I would suggest to immobilize the joint by application of CREPE bandage and topical Pain killer gels
User :   is there a remedy you could suggest
User :   You can go for either CREPE bandage or a knee brace to immobilize the joint and apply Relaxyl Gel twice a day
User :   we use MOOV and use the VISCO stocking
User :   fine doc, will get the Relaxyl gel for application
User :   You can continue with stockings, but better change from moove to RELAXYL gel
User :   Is there anything i can help you with ?
User :   thnx doc. Another very concerning issue with AAAAAAA is premature hair greying fr the age of 9
User :   wuld appreciate one of the docs to address the problem of premature greying of a 12 yr old girl
Doctor :   Premature greying of teens is not common
Doctor :   The common reasons at that age include some genetic and non genetic reasons
Doctor :   So it is important to rule out all the possible reasons before arriving at a conclusion that it has no medical reason
Doctor :   Ok amino acid insufficiency is the common reason at this age
Doctor :   Hence please check with a Pediatric Dermatologist
Doctor :   My general recommendations are
Doctor :   Dietary which includes fruits with peel like Guava, Apple, Pear etc
User :   currently, i was advised by one of my friend to take one cup of coconut oil cook it on low flame with curry leave till brown, cooled and apply for hair at least to avoid further greying
Doctor :   I am not sure about the above tip
Doctor :   All these herbal remedies can be tried as they do not harm
User :   is it bcoz of lack of calcium
Doctor :   Calcium can be a reason but not alone
Doctor :   Do both the children have this?
User :   XXXXXXXX is my only child
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   I think you can supplement the fruits in major
Doctor :   see a Pediatric Dermatologist in your city
User :   just spoke to my brother, did confirm he too was greying at the age of 14
User :   is there a remedy to stop or delay further premature greyiing
Doctor :   Unfortunately if it is a genetic tendency and run in family, it cannot be dealt with medicines.
Doctor :   Should be treated cosmetically alone with dyes
Doctor :   as they progress
User :   fine doc, thnx for your advise
Doctor :   Pleasure speakiong
Doctor :   Is there anything else I can help you with
Doctor :   Thank you for consulting me
Doctor :   Bye for now
User :   for now finito, bye bye
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