Chels is scheduled for a MRI. The Orthopedists stated her knee is stable (which means no ligament damage), which I am grateful; but because of her symptoms she could either have some torn cartilage or this pain can come from growing. I had no idea that pain so severe could come from growing.
This is how it was explained:
Chels had a large growth spurt over the last year; approximately 3 inches. So, when that happens the muscles, tendons, ligaments etc. cannot accommodate and strengthen as quickly.
The muscles and other soft tissue behind the knee become stronger, while the soft tissue on the front side become weaker. When this happens it becomes difficult for the leg to be fully extended.
We will know for sure after the MRI, but he seems pretty sure this is the cause; especially after I told him about her sudden height jump. We have been seeing these Orthopedists for the last two to three years and so far they have always hit the 'nail on head' so to speak.
Thankfully, if this is the case, she will only require some physical therapy to get the muscles and tendons back in working order. While researching this new information I found what the doctor was speaking of:
We are still dealing with the swelling, stiff joints. When I mentioned to him about her symptoms he felt this could be related, but also agreed with me; if Chels has JRA (Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis) it may not show in her blood for a couple of years.
For the moment it looks like we may have a diagnosis on the current knee pain (once we get the MRI next week), but it just happened to coincide with all of her other symptoms.
All in all, I feel better today and feel ultimately everything will be A-OK! Thanks for all of the well wishes.