Bipartite patella

Shaunda - posted on 09/23/2016 ( 7 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 09/24/2016

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Ok, Shaunda my remark about the duplicate post was more to the other regulars here. Duplicate posts happen often and they water down the responses. So yes, a little sarcastic, but no harm intended.
There is no harm in me quoting you; I simply wanted to know why you believe a week would A. not help and B. he'd still complain and you'd not hold him back.
I have four athletes. We struggle with all sort of injuries and chronic pain. No offense intended, just trying to get a real feel for the issue.

Ev - posted on 09/24/2016

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I agree with the others go to the specialists that actually work with this particular thing. They do know more than a general doctor does. And it does not mean surgery will be needed. I know that for a fact. I am not a doctor but my kids both have bad knees like I do. My son was actually taken to a specialist. He had his knee dislocate on its own and had a brace for a while and crutches because he could not walk on it. Once he was able to do so without the brace he saw the specialist. His dad swore up and down that surgery was next. I told my son point blank before the appointment I doubted that surgery was going to be needed at this point because I had already been at the same point my son was once. Guess what!? I was right. To this day I still have knee issues but have not had the surgery. Neither of the kids have had to either.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 09/23/2016

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You actually don't know that he would still be complaining about the pain, but whatever...

I agree with Ev as far as pushing sports at young ages, although my youngest wanted to play pop Warner league. He wasn't that aggressive, so stayed in the background a lot, but still had a couple of hard hits that put him down for a bit. He knew the way to heal was to rest, and hardly ever complained after his prescribed rest period.

Either way, an orthopedic specialist is the way to go

Ev - posted on 09/23/2016

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What i do not get is why parents seem to think that kids need to compete in sports from such young ages with their bodies still developing?

At the age of 12, I dislocated one knee in PE class doing of all things cart wheels. The summer after that after I turned 13 I dislocated the other knee getting off the bike I was riding. i never played sports again.

Shaunda - posted on 09/23/2016

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Okay Sarah E. I don't know if you are trying to sarcastic or not but when I see "love me a duplicate post" well it just seems like you are being sarcastic. I did not mean to post that twice this is the first time to use this site and I am only asking for advice and info like everyone else. I am not here to argue with anyone just asking for advice and maybe I am taking it the wrong way if I am then just let me know. Like I said I'm here for advice and info not for some complete stranger copy what I say on the post, here's the point on the comment "I know he will still be complaining after a weeks rest" because I know that he has pe at school and he is not going to want to quit football that's why I said that I don't need you trying to point out a comment that I did not explain and trying to make me like an idiot, or whatever you are trying to accomplish. I know me as a parent I will do what's best for my son even if it comes down to no sports. It has been a long day with 2 kids at the doctor for injuries so the last thing I need is someone trying to be sarcastic on a website.

Sarah - posted on 09/23/2016

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Love me a duplicate post:
*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.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 09/23/2016

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An orthopedic physician would be a good idea to consult

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