Children and adolescents often develop pain during periods of rapid growth. Generally, this pain will be intermittent, more intense in the afternoon or at night, and can be located in any or numerous muscles of the legs. Growing pains affects about 1 in 5 children. It usually presents between the ages of 3 – 12, however some adolescents experience pain into their late teens.
The diagnosis of growing pain is one of elimination; it is important that the practitioner ensures that a more serious condition is not present such as Osgood-Schlatter’s disease, Sever’s disease or many others which may develop in children in this age bracket. Once diagnosed, managing the discomfort is generally quite straightforward.
Some of the treatment options commonly employed by Queensland Physiotherapy in dealing with growing pains include:
- Exercise prescription
- Electrotherapy (Ultrasound, TENS etc)