The child’s knees ache: causes and treatment
The knee is the largest joint in the human body. Nature is so wise that, in creating man, planned everything to the smallest detail. This also applies to the knees. Knee joints are responsible for walking, not to mention running, squatting or jumping, and keeping the knee joints in normal activities are very important for the elderly and for children and adolescents. So, why the child may experience knee pain?
The most common cause of pain in the knee is trauma. Sudden damage can be caused by a direct blow to the knee or twisting, improper bending of the knee or fall on it. The injuries also include sprains and fractures of the knee joint, tears of the cartilage discs of the knee joint (menisci) and ligaments, stretching of tendons and ligaments.
All these injuries are accompanied by some symptoms. For example, it may be swelling or bruising, tingling, numbness, weakness, or feeling cold. In this case, you need to see a specialist for further examination and treatment.
The child, as in adults, sore knees due to overload. This is the second tracheomalacia often the reason may experience pain in the knee joints. This can happen due to repeated similar movements, for example, when climbing a long stairwell, with multiple jumps or during long Cycling.
In this case, you can also consult a specialist or just take breaks between loads.
Diseases of the knee
The following reason can hurt the knee in a child is different diseases. These include the following:
A very common cause of pain in knees in adolescents — the so-called disease Osgood-Shlatter. It lies in the fact that in adolescence (more often in children involved in sports) on the background of accelerated growth occurs subacute avulsion fracture of the immature tibia due to heavy loads. Such changes and cause pain in the knee joint during sudden movements. Treatment in this case may be different, from physiotherapy to the application of the plaster cuffs.
Often when little kids complain of knee pain, especially in the second half of the day or night time, specialists diagnosed as «growing pains». Seen that quite often in children aged 3 to 12 years old the muscular system cannot keep pace with the rapid growth of bones, causing the muscles and ligaments are in constant tension, and this explains the soreness.
This pain can be various from practically disturbing to aching and so strong that the children refuse to walk. It can last from several minutes to several hours. In this case, the panic is not worth much, but to help the child it is necessary.
With this diagnosis only need to get a massage.