What exactly are growing pains and why do some children get growing pains and not others. Commonly
growing pains occur as children grow. The skeleton grows in length faster than the soft tisuue and tendon attachments to bone can adapt. This attachement can become inflamed and cause swelling and pains in all sorts of places especially in the knee and the heel. These pains usually appear at varying ages but generally bewteen 7 or 8 and up to 13 or 14. The pains may continue intemittiently until gowth settles. These pains may be worse with increased activity and may be related to sport involvement. It is not generally a requirement to rest from sport. The pain can be managed with heat, ice or painkillers. If the pain cannot be managed consult with your Physiotherapist or your Doctor. See us at BHPC if you need help.