Your budding World Cup Soccer star gets an ankle injury…

Your budding World Cup Soccer star gets an ankle injury…

Your 14 year old budding World Cup soccer star was enjoying practice with his team when he twisted his ankle. You and the coaches were not too concerned as he sat out that day but practiced with the team the following afternoon.

A week later while playing in a game against the school rival, the top side of his ankle got stepped on by a cleat.  He complained of a searing, burning pain and developed a grotesque blue, yellow, and black bruise.  It looked absolutely awful.  You visited the urgent care where it was x-rayed and thought to be a possible fracture.  It was splinted and then ultimately cast.  He was very disappointed to watch his soccer games from the sideline.

While in the cast, his pain and feeling improved for about a week.  However, the pain returned, which was thought to be normal from his cast.  As the burning pain continued, you decided to get a second opinion. As a result of this consultation, it was determined that there was never a fracture, so the cast was removed and your son was directed to take physical therapy.

During physical therapy, the pain increased dramatically to the point where he was unable to finish his therapy sessions.  His ankle became red and swollen, and had a burning electrical pain.  He was devastated and exhausted from the pain, the missed games and school, and the inability to participate in fun day-to-day activities with family and friends.  At the same time, you were very concerned by his blue moods.

When physical therapy was stopped because of his inability to handle the pain, he was sent to Rheumatology to be tested for JRA (Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis). Thankfully, all the lab tests for JRA came back negative.  But the pain still continued.

After missing the remaining soccer season, having a cast for about 4 weeks, grimacing through physical therapy, being tested for JRA, growing further behind in school work, missing several weekend overnights and fun with friends, he was finally diagnosed with Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy and directed to seek pain management. As a parent you feel frustrated by the delay of diagnosis, and apprehensive about going to pain management and “drugging” your child.

So many times we see patients after many months of trial and error.  We understand the patient AND the patient’s parents’ frustration with the process of getting a diagnosis and finding functional solutions. We are NOT adult pain management.  We can help and can usually see you and your son or daughter much sooner than most specialized practices and hospitals.  With 15 years of experience in treating pediatric chronic pain and symptom management we have the most experience in Central Ohio. Call us, we want to help!

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