WHAT IS IT? GROWING PAINS

Episodic pain related to growth spurts. Growth pains affect 25-40 % children between the ages of 3 and 5 years, and 8 and 12years.

 

Signs and symptoms

  • Pain in the muscles rather than joints

  • Pain late in the day or at night, only to be gone the next morning

  • Pain near shins, thighs, calves and at the back of the knee

  • Often bilateral

 

 

WHAT CAUSES IT?

  • Not growth spurts as commonly thought

  • Possible emotional response

  • Theories exist surrounding poor posture, tiredness, poor vascularity

HOW TO SELF MANAGE
  • Massage the sore muscle

  • Stretch the affected area

  • Pain relief as required

  • Heat to reduce pain

PROGNOSIS

Growing pains should cease by adolescence

 

No intervention should be necessary besides the above mentioned management strategies (medication, heat etc).

HOW PHYSIO HELPS?
  • Exclude other sources of the pain

  • Massage

  • Electrotherapy

  • Acupuncture

  • Reassurance that it is benign, transient condition

 

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