When Should My Child Get an X-ray?

Whether it’s at a YMCA Summer Camp or during a sporting event at Covenant Day School Summer Camp, injuries happen. So, if your child is dealing with sore ribs or a hurt ankle, is it time to take him or her to get an X-ray?

It could be, and our team at AFC Urgent Care Ballantyne walks you through how to know if your child needs one or not below!

What Is an X-Ray?

An X-ray is a common imaging test that’s been used for decades, and it helps medical providers view the inside of your body without having to make an incision. This can help them diagnose, monitor and treat all sorts of medical conditions.

There are several different types of X-rays that are used for different purposes. A mammogram is a type of X-ray used for those who may have cancer, while a barium enema is used to examine the gastrointestinal tract. The most common type of X-ray, though, is the bone X-ray. We’ve listed some other conditions that might constitute getting an X-ray below.

Other Reasons for Getting an X-ray

  • Bone cancer
  • Blocked blood vessels
  • Conditions affecting the lungs
  • Fractures
  • Osteoporosis
  • Arthritis
  • Tooth decay

How Do I Know If My Child Needs an X-ray?

If your child hurts his or her ankle or is experiencing things like chest, shoulder or knee pain, it can be tough to know if you should seek medical treatment or not. While some rolled ankles and knee sprains may only need rest and ice to heal, other injuries are more serious.

If your child experiences any of the pain or discomfort that we’ve listed below, visit our AFC center today to get an X-ray to get your child on the path to full recovery!

X-ray Indicators

  • Inability to walk four steps
  • Joint immobility
  • Pain directly around the bone area
  • Swelling that doesn’t reduce with treatment

If you have any questions about a potential X-ray or other general medical concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out to our AFC Urgent Care Ballantyne team today!

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