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A 16-year-old female asked:

Going to my family doctor to get my ankle checked. it could be bone spurrs or pulled/torn muscles. what should i expect? do i need a parent? i'm 16

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Dr. Karen Dantin
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Depends: Depends on the state and your relationship with doc.Check it out in your area
Dr. Susan Rhoads
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Need consent in Mass: In Massachusetts,18 is the age of consent. There are exceptions to this requirement in certain cases: in an emergency, or if consent may result in harm (e.g. parental abuse). The age of consent (& exceptions) depends on your state's laws. Bone spurs are less likely than a soft tissue injury (strain or strain). Depending on cause & severity, your doc may or may not do an x-ray, give brace, meds.

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