What Exactly Are Growing Pains?

Growing pains are widely debated among various medical professionals, but they are common experiences for children from young adolescence up into their teens. The toddler, child, or preteen experiences discomfort, typically in their arms or legs, which seems to stem from a current or up and coming growth spurt. The parent sees a correlation between their rapid growth and pain that typically keeps the child up at night. Doctors tend to think that the pain children feel at or around times of growth is more likely to relate to their daytime play habits and even in some cases, other mental or emotional factors. Still, growth spurts do seem to bring about discomfort, and most chiropractors postulate that these frustrating pains come from imbalances in the spine or nervous system. At Greater Life Chiropractic, even our youngest practice members benefit from chiropractic care in the form of regular examinations and adjustments. Children who complain of “growing pains” can be effectively helped by various chiropractic adjustments that alleviate tension and misalignments of the spine, thus removing or minimizing the leg or arm pain.

How You Can Recognize the Presence of Growing Pains in Your Child

Children and toddlers will often complain of pain that seems to have no apparent cause or obvious source. This can be endlessly frustrating for both child and caretaker, as it is a difficult problem to address. Kids will frequently reference pain in their legs, back, or even arms when they are experiencing what are commonly referred to as “growing pains.” If you are seeing a consistent problem with pain in any of these areas, your child might be plagued with growing pains. Additionally, growing pains do seem to come to a head most often in the middle of the night. The context looks like your child waking in the night to either a dull hum of pain in their legs, or even more severe discomfort that causes them to have trouble sleeping. The final thought to consider when attempting to pinpoint the cause of your child’s pain is to recall if there has been any acute injury or accident which may otherwise cause these types of pain. If so, we recommend you seek medical attention for your child and consult with your Charlotte chiropractor about chiropractic care to address childhood trauma. If no trauma has occurred and you suspect growing pains, Charlotte chiropractor Dr. Lisetor can still help.

How Chiropractic Helps Alleviate Growing Pains

Once you determine that what your child is experiencing is indeed growing pains, it is wise to bring them in for a consultation so that Dr. Grant can assess the specific needs and issues your child is facing. Once an initial examination has been conducted, Dr. Grant can adjust the child with a gentle and specific chiropractic adjustment. Several different case studies have shown that neurologically-based chiropractic care can aid a child in putting growing pains behind them. The pain they once suffered from tends to subside over a period of time due to being adjusted.

If you or a loved one is suffering from growing pains, don’t fret! We understand it is difficult to console a child who is awakened in the night with pain they can’t always understand. Contact our team of Charlotte area chiropractic experts to find some relief today! You can schedule an appointment and begin the process of reducing your child’s pain for good.




Alcantara, J., Davis, J. “The Chiropractic Care of Children with “Growing Pains”: A Case Series and Systemic Review of the Literature.” Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 2011 Feb; 17(1): 28-32. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21168111