Teenagers are a special group! Kids are not mini-adults. Teens may be my favorite population to work with. In addition to growth spurts and injuries, they are unsure what is normal and what needs physical or medical attention.
More often than not, the parent is very involved in telling me what happened to their child, giving me their medical and physical history, and explaining how their kid is feeling and why.
When I ask the parent “Let me see what Johnny wants to say” I sometimes hear a different story, and a different perspective. I listen to them- their words, their body language, when they repeat themselves, and what they are avoiding either verbally or with their movements.
My goal is to have an open dialogue with your child. They have my number- which sounds crazy, but I encourage them to text me. I want each child to know they can tell me their symptoms, their concerns, and their honest opinion on what they think is going on. Kids know. Behind the scenes I hear teens say “I just don’t want to play soccer anymore,” or “I heard something pop when lifting, but did not want my dad to know.”
Kids can be scared. So can parents. I get it.