Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

You'll probably first bring your concerns to the attention of your child's doctor. After an initial evaluation, your child may be referred to a doctor who specializes in bone problems in children (pediatric orthopedist).

What you can do

Before your appointment, you may want to write a list of answers to the following questions:

  • When did these symptoms begin?
  • Does any particular leg position or activity make the pain worse?
  • Did any of your relatives have similar symptoms when they were children?
  • Does your child have any other medical problems?
  • What medications or supplements does your child take regularly?

What to expect from your doctor

Your doctor may ask some of the following questions:

  • What are your child's symptoms?
  • Have they gotten worse over time?
  • Do the symptoms seem to come and go?
  • Is your child active?
  • Has your child experienced an accident or injury that might have caused hip damage?
  • If your child's symptoms include pain, where is the pain located?
  • Does activity make your child's symptoms worse?
  • Does resting ease your child's discomfort?
May. 30, 2014

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