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Growing Pains In Knee
Constant leg pain, 24 years old. Best way to describe it would be "growing pains". My knees hurt in side as well, and my achilles.
Leg pains: To provide you with an accurate assessment, there would need to be more questions answered (ex: exact location of pain/any radiating? Things that make it better/worse, etc. There can be many causes of leg and Achilles pains. I suggest consulting with your primary care doctor or initiating a consult through HealthTap so that more information can be obtained and a proper assessment provided. ...Read more
Growing Pains (Definition)
Growing pains usually occur in younger children, approximately age 3-5 years of age, but also may occur again in the 8-10 year age range. It refers to pain in the limbs and joints (especially the legs) of children. Growing pains, while associated with physical discomfort, are not harmful nor are they reflective of a disease process. They last a few minutes and are not generally associated with growing or growth spurts. These pains may actually wake the child from sleep, but in contrast to disease processes or abnormal signs, growing pains are usually soothed by touch or massage (whereas pain resulting from a disease state is often unaffected or worsened). ...Read more
I'm having adult growing pains in my knees. It's normally one knee at a time and it's random. I used to get them as a child, but now I'm 22.
I am a 21 year old female and I am having growing pains and my knees are aching. Does this mean I'm getting taller?
Probably not: Most girls stop growing around age fourteen. A few will continue to grow for a couple more years. To be growing at 21, would be very, very rare. The source of your aches and pains is likely unrelated to your previous growing pains. If they are severe or are interfering with your life, consult am orthopaedist. ...Read more
I'm a 20 year old competitive middle distance runner and I noticed a couple days after a workout I felt growing pains in my knee, what's the cause?
You Have Kneesles: There are many potential causes of your pain & to know for sure would require a physical exam that puts your knee through various positions as well as palpation of certain areas of the knee. If you had said where the pain is and what motions or positions made it worse you might have gotten an educated guess. But, alas, you didn't.So go see a sports doc. In the meantime, chill;at least back off a bit ...Read more
Growing Pains: These pains are called "growing pains" because they occur during growth spurts. Tendons and ligaments don't stretch well so when a child grows quickly this can cause some discomfort. The pain is where the tendons attach it is usually just above or below the knee. No limping or pain during the day, just at night. Can be either or both legs and more activity during the day means more pain at night, . ...Read more
How can I tell if my 4 1/2 year old is having growing pains? He's complained of right knee/leg pain a few times a week, mostly at night for a month.
Get it checked: "growing pains" unlikely at that age. See your pediatrician. ...Read more
I'm 18 years old and lately I have had bad growing like pains in my right knee only. What could that be?
I get pains in my knees that hurt really bad, they are very similar to growing pains. How can I fix this?
I'm 34 & have had chronic knee pain my whole life. As a kid I was told it was growing pains. But now it's really bad all the time. Mostly at bedtime.
See details: Then have the issue evaluated either by a rheumatologist or orthopedist. ...Read more
My 9 year old son complains of pain behind his knees or between his toes once in a while. Are these growing pains?
No: It does not sound like growing pains. I would recommend a visit to the doctor. Pain in anyone is never good and deserves to be checked out. The two locations you mention are not anatomical regions of "growing pains"which typically occur at secondary growth centers of bones. ...Read more
My 6yr old daughter is complaining of pain on the back of her knee. Could this be "growing pains" or something more?
Orthopaedic evaluate: Children with knee pain deserve a thorough orthopaedic evaluation if the pain lasts more than a few days and certainly if there is pain while at rest during the night. Your child's pain is most likely a mild strain, but only a thorough musculoskeletal examination will answer this question with more certainty. ...Read more
My daughter, 7 years. Wakes up everynight crying with either the one or the other knee paining. Growing pains. Awefull to see her like that.
I have been experiencing knee pains ever since a kid. I have always been told it is just growing pains. The pain is under and front of kneecap.
If the diagnosis is correct -growing pains- there should be medication to decrease the pain.
The area you are questioning is called Osgood Slaters disease. It is due to inflammation yes growing pain. Can take OTC aleve, ibuprofen, or acetaminophen. At some point you should out grow this. See a doctor for confirmation of diagnosis and advise. ...Read more
My daughter is 5, she often cries & complains about severe leg pains. (knee & below) is the whole growing pains thing true or should I be worried?
? Growing pains?: There are a few basics to define the lable of "growing pains" and they are not definite. It is more likely if the discomfort affects both sides than one, occurs in afternoons and evenings after play, not at 4am after sleep.They should never involve localized swelling or a fever. Often an ofice visit and exam is appropriate to decide if testing is needed if the kid has triggered your mommy alarm. ...Read more
My son has terrible leg pain, says behind his knees hurt... particular 1 leg, sometimes both. What can this be? I was told growing pains......
Baker's cyst: Baker's or popliteal cysts are pockets of fluid behind the knees (inside the body) which can create discomfort or a sensation of fullness. It would be uncommon to have cysts in both knees, but anything it possible. Knee pain can also be caused from structural problems in the back, hips or ankles/feet. An orthopedist can help you sort this out! ...Read more
I am a teenager and I know its not growing pains my cousin had to have knee surgery but I can't go to a doctors what do I do?
Has experienced aches in legs especially backs of knees. She is 15yrs old and only around 5ft tall. Could these be growing pains?
Growing pains: As far as I know 'Growing pains' is a Dr term for I don't know what it is. ...Read more
I have pain in my left knee. It kinda feels like growing pains but I am 16 year old girl and I have stopped growing. Shouldn't the growing pains stop?
Yes: Unlikely to be growing pains. Please see a doctor especially if pain persists for more than a week ...Read more
12 yr old complains of knee and ankle pain when sitting. Not all the time. Could it be growing pains?
Doubtful.: Growing pains usually stop by age 7. Knee pain in this age group is usually Osgood-Schlatter's syndrome. Ankle pain in this age group is usually Sever's apophysitis. Both conditions are stress fractures to growth cartilage. Both happen in highly active kids. Both heal with rest and stretching. ...Read more
Every now and then after walking a little, I get the worst sharp stabbing pain in my left knee. I can't sleep, im in so much pain. Growing pains?
Knee pain: Growing pains unlikely at age 18. Likely patellofemoral syndrome or meniscal issue. Check with orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more
Pain in lower back, hip, knee, between side of knee down to ankle, and on top of talus. Is it just growing pains?
My nine year old soon periodically complains of pain in the back of his legs at night (knees/calves). Are these growing pains?
Pain in legs 9yrs ol: Yes that's more likely, but do check with your pediatrician, as it can be other conditions as well. ...Read more
I get pains in my knee and I'm turning 17 in a couple of days I am just wondering if it's growing pains? I play a lot of sports aswell.
Depends...: Hard to say what the cause is without a little more info--how long this been happening? Both knees? Where is the pain exactly? Just below the knee (tibia)? Front of knee (patella)? Inside? Behind? Is it worse at night? With movement? Clicks/pops/cracks? Swelling? After sports or at the end of the day? It would be worth seeing your pediatrician about it, especially if you're serious about sports. ...Read more
20yr f "growing pains" at night underneath and around knee caps for 1 yr. Fell a few months ago one 1 knee with no injury but bruising. Just walk.
Knee pain: You need have a orthopedic doctor to evaluate and rule out serious issue for you. ...Read more
I don't have growing pains because I'm 31 but I have pains that resemble that. Happens hours before bedtime in lowerback, hips, knees & leg muscles?
Conditioning/fatigue: As a rule, when you have musculoskeletal pains in the evening/night, not on arising, they are related to fatigue of the muscle groups in those areas. If you establish a progressive program of more conditioning, walking, swimming, etc. You may be able to prepare your body more for what you put it through. Pains on arising, after what should be restful sleep are more worrisome and suggestive of pbs. ...Read more
My 8yr old son is getting severe pain in his right leg, behind and sides of knee. He suffered from growing pains but I believe this affects both legs?
Should be seen: 8 year old with one-sided severe pain should be seen and examined by pediatrician as many different conditions can cause this, some serious and some not so serious at all. Please get him checked out ...Read more