Back Pain In Children - Is My Child At Risk Of Back Pain?
Back Pain In Children - Is My Child At Risk Of Back Pain?
question asked by parents is “is my child at risk of back pain?”
can play and do certain movements and actions without batting an eye lid –
think nothing of breaking into a full split without warm up, jumping from a
high location or even popping their joints to impress their friends for fun.
pain is quite common actually in children, especially during their adolescent
years – common factors contributing to this includes poor postural habits,
inadequate and inappropriate exercises and carrying heavy school bags.
find that your child’s back ache is persistent, or if they complain to you
several times of their back pain, especially if the pain is in the same place,
please take your child to see a doctor, or give us a call to see our spinal
so important to quickly assess, diagnose and treat is because children with
back pain may become adults with chronic back pain; hence the importance of
instilling wise back care and management in the young.
Causes of back pain in children
though sometimes it can be caused by a single and clear incident that causes back
pain (this is the clear and relatively straightforward type cases); however,
the kinds of back pain that are “there but not quite there”, the nagging and
ongoing types, seems to be caused by a variety of reasons working in
combination together over a period of time.
injuries such as muscle spasms from overuse at sports and games are generally
mild and are quick to recover, as muscles are full of nutrient-rich blood
supply, which accelerates healing. However, repeated muscle spasms or incompletely
healed muscles for a prolonged period of time may cause other back muscles to
compensate for the weakened muscles – over time, this builds up fatigue and
pain, and results in postural change.
posture further exacerbates and aggravates back pain in children.
with a painful back may avoid sports and activities, and it doesn’t help that
the lack of exercise and sedentary lifestyle then aggravates more pain in the
medium to long run.
many roads lead to Rome, which is back pain in this case, including:
- Gender, (back pain is more
common in females than males)
- Age, (children at 12 years
and over experience significantly more back pain than younger children)
- Being overweight and having poor postural
- Carrying heavy schoolbags on
one shoulder or in one hand often
- Incorrectly packed backpacks
(lopsided, uneven weight)
- Sedentary or inactive
lifestyle, such as watching a lot of television or sitting in front of the
- Injuries caused by vigorous
sports such as football or horseriding, flexibility-dependent sports such
as gymnastics or dance, and power sports such as weightlifting or rowing
- Soft tissue injuries, such
as strains and sprains
- Competitive sports that
demand intense training – it is thought that tight thigh and calf muscles
can trigger lower back pain, due to compensatory habits
Medical conditions that can cause back pain in
bring your child to a doctor or a physiotherapist for assessment and diagnosis
if your child complains of persistent back pain. It’s usually soft tissue
injuries such as muscles or ligaments, but sometimes, the pain may be caused by
medical conditions that require medical treatment and intervention.
- Injuries to their bones and
joints – such as compression fractures and spinal disc injuries
although more common in adults, this chronic pain disorder does occur in
adolescents, causing back and neck pain, with muscle spasm and fatigue
- Sciatica – pain radiating
down the buttock and leg, caused by compression of the sciatic nerve
- Scheuermann’s disease–
a growth disorder within the vertebrae, which may cause curvature
- Idiopathic scoliosis –
sideways curvature of the spine with an unknown cause. It is usually not
painful. Any persistent pain associated with a fixed curvature must be
- Spondylosis – a structural defect in the vertebrae. Certain activities may increase
risk of pain, for example, hyperextending their abck and spine in gymnastics.
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