This is one of the most common complaints in kids. Knee pain may be related to activity or during periods of growth. During your visit, X-rays are taken and an MRI may be recommended for certain patients. In many cases, knee pain can be well-controlled with a combination of exercises, anti-inflammatories, and modifying activities.
- Exercises: Please visit https://orthoinfo.aaos.org/en/recovery/knee-conditioning-program/ for a comprehensive set of stretches and strengthening tips to improve knee pain.
- Anti-inflammatories: I recommend a trial of 10-14 days of over-the-counter ibuprofen three times a day with food. This can also be taken as needed if pain is mild.
- I recommend limiting participation in sports and activities especially if it is painful. In most cases, participation will not cause long-term damage but may prolong recovery.