I’m sure if you are reading this you have either suffered with or experienced a child having “growing pains”. Those terrible pains in his/her legs that cause your child to cry at bedtime until they finally fall asleep out of sheer exhaustion.
The best professional help you have probably received is “it’s simply growing pains” or “your child will eventually grow out of it”.
You’ve been told that your child’s legs hurt because the bones, ligaments and muscles are developing and pain is part of the process. This is supposed to be normal and should cause pain because the tissues and bones grow differently. This appears plausible. But let’s look at this. When did it ever hurt to grow? Why only the legs? Why not the arms, nose, fingers and other body parts? Don’t they grow? See most of the explanations for “growing pains” are not only untrue but also illogical.
Growing pains are defined as pains in the limbs and joints of children attributed to rapid growth. Growth is a natural, normal process that increases size. It is complex and positive not painful.
In order for muscles and bones to increase in size physical activity is needed. Obviously children who are super active increase more but in late puberty muscles are ready for major development.
The vast majority of children with a complaint of growing pains are in the active formative years between 6 and 15 years old. The sudden jars and bumps of active play often produce stress on the spine causing vertebral subluxations which affect the function of the nerve system resulting in abnormal function of a child’s legs, knees and feet. In adults this is called sciatica; pain in the legs.
These vertebral subluxations not only affect nerve function they also create an “imbalance” in the spine and pelvis which change the way a child walks. This can cause considerable physical strain on some of the muscles of the legs causing inflammation which produces discomfort, usually at night. The discomfort is produced by either irritation to the sciatic nerves or from this strain and the leg muscles and ligaments, not from growing.
These misalignments can cause the development of scoliosis (spinal curvature), “pigeon toes”, and/or the child being labeled “klutzy”.
Most of the problems our office sees in adults can be traced to a childhood injury which caused a vertebral subluxation. Many adults who are bothered by low back and/or leg pain today most likely experienced growing pains as children. Correcting subluxations as a child may very well avoid the problems of adulthood.