with these "popping joints"...are you referring to a "noise"? or the actual popping out of the socket?
also, does your son have to physical manipulate an appendage to cause the popping? like open the jaw wide? or raise the arms high above his head or swing the arms back and forth? or do the joints "pop" or crack naturally (by just walking casually or when dressing?)
some people are just "noisy" so to speak. personally, all i have to do is move my arm across my chest & the shoulder will "pop" every single time...and i can do this 10 times in a row...same with the jaw.
when someone is pigeon breasted, i'm sure it's quite posible for some anatomy to be slightly out of alignment (thus some more than usual popping & noises.)
has he seen a rheumatologist?
what did the surgeon or consulting physicians say about it?
also, in adolescants the joints tend to still be "soft" and the ability to be "hypermobile" with the joints (sort of like double jointed) is very common. hypermobility in joints can make those noises...and it's perfectly fine.
is there any other health history that would indicate a connective tissue disorder that has you concerned? i mean, at his next doc appt, it absolutely can not hurt to run an arthritis panel of labs in the bloodwork...for SLE, RA, get an ANA and sedrate. if he still has painful joints that interferes with his life & causes discomfort it would be worth it to run those labs.
i would tell this to his physician, your concerns. get his/her opinion.
again, noisy joints do not necessarily mean that something is wrong. but "joint pain" is not normal. if this troubles your son & yourself...it's better to be safe than to "wait and see", and running a little blood work sooner than later would be wise.
do take good care & write back when you can!
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