Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: ren | 2010-02-02

Q.

growing pains?

my 9 year old daughter has been complaining of pains in her thighs and around the kneee area - this has been intermittent for about 2 weeks. I have massaged and rubbed creams onto the area to help releive the pain. shouls I be concerned about this?
Today she came home and complained of pain in her " breast"  - under her nipple.
Please help.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

I don't think that we can put your daughter's complaints of knee and thigh pains down to 'growing pains'.She is 'too old' to be having growing pains now. There are important causes of this kind of pain which must be excluded especially pain referred from the hip due to what is known as 'slipped epiphyses' and also overuse injuries in active children.It would be best to ask your paediatrician to see her for an initial examination but a more direct approach would be to ask an orthopaediac specialist to see her.

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