Bipartite patella

Shaunda - posted on 09/23/2016 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My 10 year old son has been complaining about his left knee hurting for a few weeks now, he plays football and got hit on his knee and then that's when it started hurting. So I took him to the docotor today and he said he has bipartite patella which is basically the knee cap has a gap on the corner of the bone that is suppose to be fused together and he hasn't, he said that he is still growing and it should close on its own and to rest for a week. So we are going to do that but I just know that my son will still be complaining about it after the weeks rest. The pain has gotten worse over the weeks and I don't want him to have to be in pain while he is playing sports. He plays a lot sports and I don't want him to hurt but I also don't want him to mess it up more. So my question is has anyone dealt with this and if so can you please help me with info. My husband and I are planning on taking him in to another doctor to get a second opinion because the doctor he went to today said that it might be a chronic concern and if so he will eventually have to have surgery. We really don't want to have surgery so that's why we decided to get a second opinion. If anyone has been thru this please let me know. Thanks

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Sarah - posted on 09/23/2016

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Look, I have a daughter in 12th grade, getting D1 offers for volleyball. She has chronic PFS (fancy for knee pain) she uses ice and Ktape. She has not had any negative feedback from colleges about this; but if he is young...Take a Break! One month now against a full college ride? Come on..easy choice! He is only 10!

Shaunda - posted on 09/23/2016

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I did take him to a sports medicine doctor, we are going to do the weeks rest and I am hoping that he does stop complaining, the reason why I said that he will still probably be in pain is because he loves football and basketball and doesn't want to quit sports and I don't want this to affect him for future school sports. Today when the doctor told him he had to take a week off he cried as a mom I felt so bad for him but I want what's best for him and if that is no sports then that's route we will go. I'm just worried and the doctor is concerned about it being a chronic issue and if so he said then he will have to have surgery. That's the last option I want at him being the age he is. I have never heard of this and I figured since he got hit in his knee that it would be something completely different. I have done some research on it and most of the time ppl don't even know they have it and find it on accident. we will do what the dr says because I really don't want him to be in pain or it get worse. I just would like to know if anyone has had the same problem or have went thru this. Thanks

Sarah - posted on 09/23/2016

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*So we are going to do that but I just know that my son will still be complaining about it after the weeks rest.
How do you know the weeks rest won't help? If it does not, then keep him out of sports and seek a sports medicine specialist opinion.

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