Clinical Pearl of the Day: Growing Pains
Growing pains are frequently described as an ache or throb in the legs—often in the front of the thighs, calves, or behind the knees.
- Growing pains tend to affect both legs and occur at night and may even wake a child from sleep.
- Although these pains are called growing pains, there's no evidence that growth hurts. Growing pains may be linked to a lowered pain threshold or, in some cases, to psychological issues.
- There's no specific treatment for growing pains. You can make your child more comfortable by putting a warm heating pad on the sore muscles and massaging them.
- Symptoms include leg pain, throbbing and aching in the thighs, calves, and behind the knees.
- Growing pain is common in preschool and school-aged children.
- Diagnosis may include a physical exam and diagnostic tests, such as X-rays.
- Treatment can include a gentle massage in the area affected or use of a heating pad, as well as pain reliever medications and stretching exercises.
Growing pains - Symptoms and causes - Mayo Clinic
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