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Growing pains in children

Yosef Uziel1 and Philip J Hashkes2*

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Pediatrics, Pediatric Rheumatology, Meir Medical Center, Kfar-Saba, Tel-Aviv University, Israel

2 Section of Pediatric Rheumatology, Dept. of Rheumatic Diseases, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland OH, USA

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Pediatric Rheumatology 2007, 5:5  doi:10.1186/1546-0096-5-5

Published: 19 April 2007

Abstract

We review the clinical manifestations of "growing pains", the most common form of episodic childhood musculoskeletal pain. Physicians should be careful to adhere to clear clinical criteria as described in this review before diagnosing a child with growing pain. We expand on current theories on possible causes of growing pains and describe the management of these pains and the generally good outcome in nearly all children.