How are growing pains diagnosed?

Before diagnosing growing pains, the healthcare provider needs to rule out other potential causes for the pain. The diagnosis is made in children with typical symptoms after a normal physical examination. It is important to stress that these pains are almost always on both sides of the body and disappear by the morning. If the child has only one-sided pain that almost always occurs on the same side of the body and/or has pain or stiffness in the morning, an evaluation for an alternative diagnosis should be performed. In some cases, there may be a need to perform laboratory tests and X-ray studies to exclude other diagnoses.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 01/18/2019.


  • Nemours Foundation. KidsHealth. Parents: General Health: Aches, Pains & Injuries: Growing Pains Accessed 2/15/2018
  • American Academy of Pediatricians. Healthy Children: Health Issues: Growing Pains are Normal Most of the Time. Accessed 2/15/2018.

Cleveland Clinic is a non-profit academic medical center. Advertising on our site helps support our mission. We do not endorse non-Cleveland Clinic products or services. Policy