Do you find yourself hearing your joints crack a LOT and have a bad habit of cracking your knuckles several times a day? YOU TOO might have loose ligaments. I do. my sister and dad do. Apparently, having ‘loose ligaments’ runs in my family. And from the moment V was an infant, she seemed to have the ‘cracky’ thing like me. I heard it happen sometimes when I was dressing or changing her, something I’d never noticed with L.
Didn’t think much of it, until she was suddenly in A LOT OF PAIN after a wrestling session with big sis. All of a sudden she was crying uncontrollably for some time – and then didn’t use her right hand for the rest of the day. We were convinced she had a fracture in her hand or wrist. Little did we know it was her elbow. It had been dislocated, the urgent care doctors told us. They popped it back into place (YIKES!) and all was supposed to be well.
But, it wasn’t. Later that night she must have dislocated it again, because she was continuing to treat it gingerly despite docs assurance that she’d be acting like nothing happened within 20 minutes. Her pediatrician confirmed that it was indeed dislocated again, and showed me how to pop it back into place as she did it a second time (YIKES!).
All seemed well for about a day. And then the next night she cried out in pain and again dangled her arm weirdly. I knew by now what had happened, and with no hesitation I popped it back into place myself (YIKES!) It was easy to do, but also hard because she appears to be in major pain each time it happens.
So finally we nipped this in the bud at an orthopedic doc who put her arm in a cast – after informing us that the ligament had been stretched a bit and thats why it kept happening. It had to be held in place assuredly for some time for the ligament to regain its proper shape. Usually they can accomplish this with a hard splint but because she’s oh so little, the cast just made it easier. We thought she’d be so annoyed and hindered by it, but nope. She was nervous during the process, but was clearly so much happier as soon as it was on. Probably because she no longer had to worry about using it/putting pressure on it/being hurt.
2 weeks of the cast flew by like nothing because she was so ok with it. Thats how long it took to ensure the ligaments would kinda go back to normal and it would stop happening. The only hard part was keeping it dry since she’s a filthy playful kid. It certainly got pretty dirty, and so did her hair because we were only giving her spongebaths for this duration. But when it was off, all was finally well! Haven’t had a problem since, but now we know that this is a possibility, especially until she turns 5.
So, now they rough-house about .5% less hard.