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Old 01-01-2016, 01:59 AM
 
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My 13 year old daughter has been having knee pains for the past year. I have gotten her sports braces and they seemed to have worked for a wile, but recently she has been complaining more about both of her knees. Should I take her to go see her doctor or a doctor who's profession is in knees? I'm very worried because recently I found her asleep on the couch after staying up late. I asked her why she was sleeping on the couch and she said that she couldn't walk to her bed because her knees feeling like giving out. I'm very worried, any advice? Should I take her to get x-rays?
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Old 01-01-2016, 06:01 AM
 
Location: Brentwood, Tennessee
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Yes!
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Old 01-01-2016, 06:10 AM
 
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Depending on your insurance, I would start with a rhumatologist. If you need referrals, then you have to go to your primary care dr first, but yes, this is something she needs to be seen for. It could just be growing pains, but it does need to be evaluated.
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Old 01-01-2016, 06:45 AM
 
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Yes. Start with your primary care Dr.
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Old 01-01-2016, 08:05 AM
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Yes. Start with your primary care Dr.
^^This.

You likely won't be able to get an order for X-rays w/o seeing the dr. As one of the docs I worked for once said, "we need to know what to X-ray". It's not always as obvious as it appears. Likewise, I wouldn't start with a rheumatologist. Start with the primary. It may be something s/he can handle. Let us know what the diagnosis is. (I have an idea.)
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Old 01-01-2016, 08:36 PM
 
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Alright thank you guys so much. I'll get back to you as soon as I can with the results. Thanks for the advice!! I will take her to therheumatologist very soon.
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Old 01-01-2016, 10:35 PM
 
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Does she play sports?

My 12yo daughter had knee pain (both knees) after playing basketball. Finally took her to see a pediatric orthopedic (sp?) aka sports medicine.

The doctor said her knee pain was caused by a combination of her flat feet and the way her kneecap rode whenever when she bent her knee (instead of riding up and down smoothly in the ridge of her femur, it was riding off to the side - basically repetitive rubbing over the head of the bone). Sorry it's hard to explain

The Xrays just confirmed no bone damage, but you could literally see her kneecap go off to the side everytime he bent her knee.

It wasn't caused by the basketball, but it exacerbated her existing condition. He said it was common in girls, especially when they hit puberty and their hips develop, throwing their knees off balance. Her recommended inserts for her shoes for arch support and PT to build up her muscles to remedy the incorrect kneecap motion.

Anyway, long story short, take her to a specialist asap. Her knee wasn't swollen BTW....just constant knee pain. We went the sports med route and did not need to take her to the primary pediatrician to check her out. I just called their office and asked if they had a recommended sports med dr, and the office gave me a list of specialists they use for various issues. I called one of the sports med drs on the list. They did not need a referral from her primary doctor. Check with your insurance and the sports med office.

Hope you find out what it is soon and that it's not serious!

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Old 01-01-2016, 10:39 PM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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My 13 year old daughter has been having knee pains for the past year. I have gotten her sports braces and they seemed to have worked for a wile, but recently she has been complaining more about both of her knees. Should I take her to go see her doctor or a doctor who's profession is in knees?
What doctor prescribed the braces?

Hopefully, you did not just get them on your own. Knees are tricky joints, and the wrong brace can be a nightmare.
When I started my knee problems, I had to go to my primary first, then get the referral to an orthopedic specialist for knees.
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Old 01-02-2016, 04:38 AM
 
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My 13 year old daughter has been having knee pains for the past year. I have gotten her sports braces and they seemed to have worked for a wile, but recently she has been complaining more about both of her knees. Should I take her to go see her doctor or a doctor who's profession is in knees? I'm very worried because recently I found her asleep on the couch after staying up late. I asked her why she was sleeping on the couch and she said that she couldn't walk to her bed because her knees feeling like giving out. I'm very worried, any advice? Should I take her to get x-rays?
She has been suffering for a year? and you haven't already consulted your doctor? That is neglect. Get your child to the Dr.
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Old 01-02-2016, 08:49 AM
 
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You should take her to an Orthopaedic Surgeon not a Rheumatologist.....
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