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Old 10-22-2009, 09:24 PM
 
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My daughter has had knee pain of and on for about a yr she is 13... Her doctor says its growing pains, and that it can cause swelling and its not all that uncommon?? I am just wondering if this is true and if other parents are or have had anything similar with your teens.. She was in alot of pain most of the day, getting a little concerned?? I sure hope its normal, but it just seems odd to me. Thanks for any info or help.

 
Old 10-22-2009, 09:31 PM
 
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Have you gotten a second opinion?
 
Old 10-22-2009, 09:38 PM
 
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I had a swelling with pain on my knee when I was 25... Went to the doctors and they said it was arthritis. I fell out of the chair, "Arthritis? At 25 when I feel young and healthy?" And it was. Maybe not the age-related arthritis but the kind of an isolated inflammation and swelling of a joint from overuse (with me it was a lot of crouching weeding a field )
 
Old 10-22-2009, 10:06 PM
 
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I think you should go to an orthopedist and get her checked. They can do an MRI and determine if it's just 'growing pains' (which I highly doubt) or if it's something more serious.
 
Old 10-22-2009, 10:25 PM
 
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My daughter had knee problems and it not at all uncommon for girls because of the angle between hip joint and knee because of the wider hips. As I recall therapy included trying to balance the muscles so that the overdeveloped one on the outside didn't try to pull her knee cap out of place.
 
Old 10-22-2009, 11:07 PM
 
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My 12 year old complained of her right knee hurting so much that I took her to a Sports Med Specialist at Warren Clinic. He said about 11-15 kids grow so fast the muscles can't keep up with the growth plates. It causes pain in the knees mostly and he had a fancy name for it but I can't remember it right off. I will look it up, kept the paper somewhere. He wanted her to have PT for a month and learn exercises to help it. He also advised if Tae Kwon Do was causing her knee to hurt to back off a bit. So we have been focusing on other areas of fitness and have backed off to one day a week for Tae Kwon Do. She is riding the stationary bicycle and doing more sit ups and push ups in preparation for her black belt test.


This is what I found for Patella Femoral Syndrome.

Patella Femoral Syndrome - Sports Injury Info

Patella Femoral Syndrome is a common knee injury among athletes and active people. Also known as Patella Femoral Pain Syndrome and Patella Femoral Compression Syndrome, it is characterized by pain around the kneecap that increases with activities.


Please take her for a second opinion at a specialist. Knee pain can mean just growing pains or much more. Good Luck!!
 
Old 10-22-2009, 11:15 PM
 
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Please get a second opinion. There are many diseases including leukemia, Paget's disease, childhood arthritis, bone tumors among many others that children can have that can cause knee/bone pain. You really need an xray, blood tests or like mentioned earlier, an MRI to get an accurate diagnosis. Don't let a doctor brush it off as "growing pains" without having tests done to rule out something more harmful.

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Old 10-23-2009, 05:26 AM
 
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My daughter has had knee pain of and on for about a yr she is 13... Her doctor says its growing pains, and that it can cause swelling and its not all that uncommon?? I am just wondering if this is true and if other parents are or have had anything similar with your teens.. She was in alot of pain most of the day, getting a little concerned?? I sure hope its normal, but it just seems odd to me. Thanks for any info or help.
My son is also 13 and had knee pain earlier this year. I took him to an orthepedist and it turns out he had a condition called osteo chondral dessicans (not sure of the spelling) and it was NOT growing pains. He is ok but I would have her checked out by an orthepedist as it could be something else.

My son's diagnosis was made my x ray not MRI.
 
Old 10-23-2009, 06:27 AM
 
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Gosh thank you so much for all the information so quick...
This was actually her second opinion, both by family practitioners, but
I think I will look more into an orthepedist, as she is complaining how horrible it
hurts, for several days now, which is my concern. Thanks again.

nula, i have arthritis also and it started when i was 30 which scares me for her also.
 
Old 10-23-2009, 07:15 AM
 
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is she very physically active? although occuring more often in boys than girls, a common cause of knee pain in her age group, especially in kids who do a lot of sport, is osgood-schlatter's disease...google it. its a pretty benign condition, and far less alarming (and common) than many of the rarer and more concerning possibilities mentioned above. it also usually resolves without any significant treatment.

i would also recommend her being seen by a specialist, though, just to be on the safe side.
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