As I sit here trying to console my son crying about his hurting legs, it has sparked my interest to look further into what he could be feeling. He is an avid hockey player and is just getting home from an intense practice. After asking him some questions to rule out an injury, we have come to a conclusion he is probably experiencing growing pains (talk with your doctor before making the diagnosis to make sure there is not an underlying cause). I don’t ever remember dealing with this in my childhood (if we remembered every feeling, I don’t know if we would make it past teething!!!).
Growing pains are common and affect everyone differently. Some have terrible experiences and some are mild. There is no solid evidence that states growing is painful, however it is linked to muscles aches from activities such as running, jumping, and sports. Typically growing pains occur in both legs surrounding the thighs and knees usually during the evening. There are times it can wake a child in the middle of the night.
My son is 7 and definitely has a hard time understanding what he is experiencing especially after a long day and want to just rest. He doesn’t get them everyday or even after every practice, but we have found some of these tips to be helpful to overcome the pain.
Seek medical attention if:
Kerra Pietsch, LPTA
Physical Therapist Assistant
Physical Therapy Consultants, Inc.
PTC_therapy January 2nd, 2019
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Tags: growing pains