Acute Limping in a Young Child: Evaluation and Management Review

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The acute onset of a limp may be a diagnostic challenge in providing care and management within the pediatric population. The anatomy and physiology of a child's musculoskeletal system is quite different than an adult, requiring the practitioner to acknowledge specific etiologies that are prevalent within this population. A limp is a symptom and not a diagnosis, enforcing the importance of a thorough history and physical assessment to aid in narrowing the differential diagnoses. As the primary health care provider, the practitioner has an important role in accurately identifying, diagnosing, and managing conditions while providing resources to caregivers and patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1004-1010
Number of pages7
JournalJournal for Nurse Practitioners
Issue number10
StatePublished - Nov 2015


  • Antalgic gait
  • Fracture
  • Limp
  • Septic arthritis
  • Transient synovitis


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