Growing Pains

posted Nov 27, 2012, 7:57 PM by LASP Team   [ updated Nov 27, 2012, 7:58 PM ]

Do your children suffer from Growing Pains?

Growing pains are common among children. As many as one in five children experience some degree of this real, but quite harmless muscular pain during early years.

Growing pains are most prominent between the ages of three to five and eight to eleven. The most common complaints include limb pain that has started for no real reason.  

Sometimes pain may occur after exercise, but this is not always the case as children often experience just as much discomfort without any physical activity. In most cases, growing pain usually ceases by mid-adolescence.


Most children tend to experience pain in the legs, particularly the thighs, calves and behind the knee. Arm pain is far less common and pain does not tend to change with movement.  Pain episodes can occur as frequently as nightly through to weekly or monthly. Complaints of pain are most common in the late afternoon and evening and can often affect the child’s sleep with pain usually gone by morning.  Normal daily activity is typically unaffected, with pain during the day being fairly uncommon. Children may also experience other forms of discomfort such as headaches or abdominal pain during an episode of growing pain

For more information about what you can do for your child and how Physiotherapy can help you, please download the attached handout.

If you have any questions or would like to book an appointment for your child, please contact us on (02) 4647 3373.

LASP Team,
Nov 27, 2012, 7:57 PM