Childhood Diseases

Posted by: BMJ | 2012-09-09


Clicking joints

Dear Doc

My 5 year old has clicky joints. When he stretches or bends a joint is clicks. He definately has low muscle tone and when you squeeze him, he is very soft - no resistance. He did reach his physical milestones within normal boundaries, but just at the end of what would still be normal. He is taking swimming lessons and that is obviously a good sport to strengthen him, but the instructor said she noticed his right leg seems much weaker than his right leg. The right arm is also weaker than the left, but not as noticeable as the leg. He is a naturally more reserved child that prefers indoor play than outdoor play. But he does play outside and jumps and rough houses with his brothers and loves running.

I am just wondering if I need to be concerned at all.

Expert's Reply



It would be best to get an opinion from a physiotherapist as to whether your son has a problem and if he does, is any treatment needed.

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Posted by: R | 2012-09-10

Obviously wait for what the paediatrician said but just wanted to mention that my daughter had hip dysplasia (clicking hips). Her other joints are clicky as well, and we asked the orthopeadic surgeon if that is a problem, but he said that is quite normal and nothing to worry about. The hips were the only problem. Have no idea about the muscle tone.

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