What about growing pains?
We don’t recommend ignoring what might appear to be growing pains in children. These often occur as leg aches at night and can occur monthly or as frequently as a couple of times per week. In severe cases children will cry at night and rub their legs. They can occur more frequently after an active day and can be a sign that there is extra strain on that area of the body. A thorough bio-mechanical assessment can result in findings related to tightness in muscles, poor posture or compensation in the affected areas. Treatment often reduces both the severity and the frequency of episodes.
What can be done about growing pains?
Because growing pains is a broad term assigned to leg aches in children, the treatment varies significantly depending on:
- The area of pain
- Frequency of pain
- Severity of pain
- The child’s age
- Their activity level
As children grow their bones grow faster than their muscles and their lower limb posture changes. Some aches can be linked to this phenomenon. Treatment can include stretching specific muscle groups, strengthening specific muscle groups, changing the way a child sits and changing the way a child stands, walks or compensates for postural anomalies.