Growing pains often affects children during growth spurts. Pain is frequently reported around the knees but can be present in other areas and is often experienced in the evenings or at night. Growing pains can be caused by hypermobility or less frequently due to Osgood Schlatters. Osgood Schlatters is caused by repeated stress on where the tendon attaches to the bone. The most common areas affected are below the knee cap or in the heel. It is more common in children who participate in sporting activities that require a lot of loading on these joints e.g. during running, jumping and squatting.
How can Physio help?
I can help diagnose the cause of the pain, provide pain management techniques and teach exercises to treat and prevent further pain occurring.
If there are signs of inflammation (heat, redness, swelling), the pain is continuous and occurs for more than a few hours, is in one leg, they have a temperature, walking is painful, reduced appetite or have lost weight that you have your child reviewed by their GP.