With school fully in session throughout most of the country, now is a good time to take a closer look at your child to ensure he or she is not experiencing any back pain or other back issues. After all, carrying around large, heavy backpacks can be a source of the aforementioned back pain. Of course, there are other potential causes of back pain in younger children and teens as well.
Back Pain in Younger Children
Generally speaking, younger children do not experience medically significant back pain and any discomfort that they have tends to be short-lived. Therefore, if a younger child is experiencing back pain, it is usually due to a more serious condition, such as a spinal tumor or an infection of the spine. Therefore, for younger children experiencing back pain, a medical examination should be completed.
Back Pain in Older Children
Since older children tend to be more aggressive in their activities and may also participate in sports or other activities that increase their risk of injury to the nerves, soft tissues and bones, back pain issues are more common than with younger children. Older children may also carry around heavy backpacks with school supplies, sports equipment or instruments for band or other activities. In addition to seeking chiropractic care for older children with back pain issues, you may also want to talk to your older child about minimizing activity in order to help expedite the healing process.
If you have a child who is experiencing back pain, contact Advanced Spine & Rehab today. We will be happy to conduct a thorough examination in order to come up with the treatment plan that is right for your child.