First,I don't understand why it's called a 'disease' as one usually associates this term with a virus or similar pathogens. From what I gather it's a developmental problem or maybe a response to the modern age where kids sit around a lot and then have sudden bursts of activity. Most medical sites say it's not a serious condition, yet reading other comments it seems that this can continue into adulthood and cause major problems. My doctor cannot really advise me on this (he even googled this site in front of me in a consultation!).
Do other parents feel similarily confused? If I take my 13 year old son out of PE lessons then he is in danger of being seen as a 'wimp' (I don't subscribe to this terminology ) in front of his classmates and his PE teacher. If I tell him he can play basketball for a while but has to tell the teacher if his knee hurts, then if his team is losing and he walks off the court midway, he's gonna get a lot of grief. I've been told swimming is okay, yet this site and others inform us that intense thigh muscle activity can exasperate the problem.
Maybe this condition is more widespread than initially thought but parents and doctors in the past have just dismissed it as 'growing pains'.
I would welcome some advice on how other parents deal with this. And also from teenagers who are dealing or have dealt with this. Do I take my kid out of PE for 6 months and risk ostracising him from his peers or let him carry on with a few breaks here and there and risk him having to be in a cast?
I'd welcome any feedback.