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What are the characteristics of growing pains?

Growing pains appear in children aged 3 to 14 years of age, less commonly in later teen years. They usually affect the legs (thighs, calves and the backs of the knees) but can appear in the arms, shoulders and back as well. They are most common in the evening and at night, and are gone by morning. They are more common after a particularly active day, do not cause limping or walking difficulties and are not accompanied by inflammation, swelling, stiffness, fever or other symptoms.

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Author: Dr Idan Ben-Barak PhD, MSc, BSc (Med)
First answered: 16 Jul 2015
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Spinal stenosis


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