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Hurt knee while playing, bruised, no swelling, shooting pain up his leg after large clicks. What to do?

Hi my son is 9 years old and plays football for a local academy. He hurt the side of his knee in a tackle about 3 weeks ago. It was badly bruised but we treated it with ice for a few days. There was no swelling or anything, however you can often hear a clicking sound in his leg when he moves. He says it is when he gets up, starts to run or stops running etc. At first it was not painful but he is now saying that he is getting a shooting pain up his leg after large clicks.
Asked On : Sun, 28 Apr 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Jul 2013
Hello, the description typically suggest that your son has sustained injury to the "meniscus" (soft cushion present between two bones -femur & tibia). The only way to diagnose this problem is by undergoing MRI scan. Depending on the severity and grade of injury to the meniscus, the management depends. Consult an orthosurgeon and act accordingly. Hope this helps.
Answered: Sun, 28 Apr 2013
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