Musculoskeletal and idiopathic or ‘growing pains’ are common complaints! The challenge is distinguishing between these two conditions.
Australian Physiotherapy Association reports that growing pains affect as much as 30% of children, this pain is typically seen between the ages of 3-12, however can occur until full maturation which in girls is generally around 17 and boys 21. Interestingly there is a link between this pain and biomechanical abnormalities e.g. pronation of feet, valgus knees or increased thoracic kyphosis, amongst many others.
Musculoskeletal pain in children and adolescents can occur after a sudden growth spurt, this pain can generally be put down to the rapidly changing body which causes an associated decrease of body awareness and coordination. Often this pain is compounded by a sudden change in load this could be from a dramatically increased sporting load or something simple such as a increased time studying for exams with poor posture.
Physiotherapy management of the child or adolescent patient is dependent on the examination, however common conditions managed include:
• Postural dysfunctions
• Osgood schlatters disease
• Patellofemoral pain
• Groin strains
• Severs disease
• Swimmers shoulder
We are well placed to assess, diagnose and treat your child’s pain. Make an appointment now.
Article by Cameron Little.