Knee pain can affect children, particularly those who are very active, but there may be an underlying condition that is causing it.


What is knee pain in children?

Some children may experience knee pain and this can be dismissed by some as growing pains. However, this is not always the case.


If your child is particularly active then this may be one cause. Furthermore, there can be small tears in the cartilage or a strain on the muscle or tendon.

In less common cases, there are certain conditions that can cause knee pain in children such as Perthes disease or SUFE (slipped upper femoral epiphysis). There is more information to these conditions via the link below.


An assessment will help your child’s doctor to try to determine the cause. This may include a physical exam and X-rays of the knee, leg and hip. It can difficult to quickly find the cause as symptoms can be vague and difficult to describe, so often conditions are ruled out first.


The treatment will very much depend on the cause of the pain so it is best to first receive an accurate diagnosis before considering the options that you are provided or recommended for your child.

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Where we work

We are based at The Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital in Brighton and also see children at The Portland hospital, London and Spire Gatwick Park Hospital, Horley. We offer a range of clinics, so can see your child at a time that is convenient for you.

Furthermore, you can book an appointment with me through Top Doctors or the Orthopaedic Specialists Clinic.




The Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital

Eastern Road



The Portland Hospital

2nd floor, 215 Great Portland Street



Spire Gatwick Park Hospital

Hookwood, Horley


The Cromwell Hospital

164-178 Cromwell Road