Growing pains: a noninflammatory pain syndrome of early childhood

@article{Lowe2008GrowingPA,
  title={Growing pains: a noninflammatory pain syndrome of early childhood},
  author={Robert M. Lowe and Philip J. Hashkes},
  journal={Nature Clinical Practice Rheumatology},
  year={2008},
  volume={4},
  pages={542-549}
}
The term 'growing pains' has been used for almost 200 years to refer to the often severe, generally bilateral lower-extremity nocturnal pains experienced by up to one-third of all children at some time during early childhood. No clear mechanism has yet been identified that explains these pains, but there is an increasing body of evidence indicating that several factors, individually or in combination, might be responsible for this phenomenon. These include mechanical factors, such as joint… Expand
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