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Pain Management

Teenage Knee Pain

03/14/2008

Question:

I`m fourteen, and for years I`ve had knee pains that bothered me, but I just passed it off as `growing pains` and toughed it out. But for the past few months the pain in only my right knee has gotten horribly painful, confining me to a chair (my knee even hurts then) I played soccer from age six to age eleven, and I go for a jog once every few weeks - I`m very active in general. Is this knee pain just `growing pains` or is something torn / seriously wrong?

Answer:

You need to be examined by a sports medicine physician. I do not believe it is growing pain at this time. It may be “Osgood-Schlatter syndrome,” which is a benign and it will go away as you grow older, but still you need to be examined by an Sports Medicine orthopedic physician.

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Hammam  Akbik, MD, FIPP Hammam Akbik, MD, FIPP
Formerly, Assistant Professor of Anesthesia
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati