Background "Growing pains (GP)" is the most common musculoskeletal complaint in childhood.
Aim To investigate the sensitivity and specificity of a previously validated questionnaire, for the diagnosis of GP.
Methods From 01/2013–12/ 2013, a questionnaire (Tb. 1), was administered to parents of children aged 3–8 years,who visited an orthopaedic clinic of a general children’s hospital, as outpatients, complaining of lower limb pain of no apparent traumatic cause. An orthopaedic, blind to the parents’ answers to the questionnaire, evaluated the children. A researcher estimated the score of each one of the completed questionnaires and reviewed the orthopaedics’ clinical chart.
Results 35 questionnaires were completed. According to orthopaedics, 21 children had GP, while according to questionnaire, 13 children did so. When the cut-off point was reset at 7, sensitivity was 91.3% and specificity 95.4%.
Conclusions The questionnaire quantifies parental answers and may assist clinicians in GP diagnosis.