We’re an Auckland physio in Epsom with a city-wide reputation for offering prompt pain relief for all ages. One of the pains we occasionally deal with is of the growing variety! Growing pains are real but there is still some conjecture about what causes them. It’s suggested that one in five children between the ages of three and 15 will suffer from them, with boys and girls equally affected. While they might be painful for our youngsters, the good news is that they usually disappear by mid-adolescence and shouldn’t be the cause of any on-going health problems later in life.
Most of the pain associated with this condition occurs in the legs, particularly in the achilles region, hamstrings, and front of the knees or hips. Very occasionally, they’ll be felt in the arm as well, with slight headaches another a rare symptom. The pains seem to come and go dependent on your child’s activity levels; children might feel them for days on end, and then nothing at all for just as long. They usually begin in the late afternoon, and in terms of soreness, they peak at night when they can sometimes wake a sleeping child.
It’s important to dismiss the idea that growing pains are the only reason why your child might have trouble moving freely during daylight hours. Most growing pains will ease by the following morning. If they are hampered, there could be another cause that needs to be investigated, particularly if there’s swelling or the affected area is tender to the touch. So please, never think of pain in a child as simply a phase they’re going through and will eventually grow out of. Always seek medical advice.
While growing pains are a temporary issue for most sufferers, that is of little consolation to the youngster who is enduring them right now. That’s why we tend to growing pains as part of our pain relief services. Treatments vary depending on the severity of the pain, or where it occurs, but it might involve a stretching routine that you and your child can continue doing at home. But the sooner we get onto it, the sooner your child will be able to enjoy some relief from this very real condition. So when it’s time to seek out the services of an Auckland physio for growing pains, you know who to contact .