Growing Pains in Children

Video Transcript

Hi, I’m Dr. Alibhai. Today, we’re going to discuss growing pains in children. Have you ever had your child wake up in the middle of the night with leg pain? Or perhaps you remember experiencing it yourself? These are commonly referred to as growing pains. What exactly are growing pains? Medically, there is no consensus on what exactly occurs in the body during these episodes.

Children often report pain in their legs, knees, or feet. Typically, we might rub the affected area, administer some Tylenol, and monitor the situation. We know that children undergo significant growth in their early years, and about 25 to 40 percent of them experience these pains, while others do not.

Our goal is to understand what is happening with the child. This growth requires a tremendous amount of energy and places significant stress on the body. Often, we need to examine not only the area of pain but also the areas above and below, whether it’s the knee or the foot.

Stress in one part of the body can cause compensation in another, affecting the entire kinetic chain. Thus, it’s crucial to assess everything collectively. I strongly advocate for looking at the root causes of these imbalances in our children. No matter where you are, we can always enrich our child’s environment.

By doing so, we can reduce their pain and boost their energy, enabling them to sleep better. This, in turn, helps them wake up refreshed and excel in sports, school, and their studies. Therefore, I encourage you to get an assessment whenever your child experiences discomfort or pain. Ensure that the professional examines not just the painful area but also the regions above and below it. Thank you very much.

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