Childhood Diseases

Posted by: BMJ | 2012-07-09


Intermittent knee pain

Hi Doc

My 9year old son complains of intermittent knee pain. He seems to feel the pain inside the knee and says sometimes it feels like his shin bone is paining as well. It is not all the time - it comes and goes, but it has been present for at least 4 months now. I cannot see any swelling or redness. It seem to be random - sometimes when playing. Sometimes when sitting watching tv, sometimes at night. I cant say that I can even pinpoint how long the pain lasts. Sometimes a few minutes, sometimes a few hours. It does not seem to be linked to any position. He is very healthy. He is 9years old. Weighs 27kgs and is 1.28m tall. He has no known allergies and takes no medications. At first I thought it is just growing pains. I just want to ask if you think it needs investigation.

Expert's Reply



You have put your question very well with all the necessary details.Growing pains may well be the cause of your son's knee pains as these pains can particularly affect children from 8 to 12 years. If his pains become more regular or if you are at all concerned about your son it would be best to consult an orthopaedic specialist as there is a condition called Osgood-Schlatter disease that needs to be excluded. Your son is probably too young to have this condition, but it needs to be kept in mind if his symptoms become more troublesome.

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