Back pain in children is incredibly common. Often it's as simple as constipation. But, if pain persists, you should seek professional advice.
Every year when school starts, Dr. Dukes fields calls from parents concerned about their child reporting back pain. Dr. Dukes advises that, “Quick spurts of back pain aren’t uncommon for children. Often, constipation is the culprit. However, if pain is persistent in a focused area, limits physical activity, affects sleep quality, is associated with fevers, chills or weight loss - it's time to get checked out.”
The six most common back pain complaints are related to:
1. Overuse due to sudden increase in physical activity.
2. Stress fractures
3. Overloaded and ill-fitting backpacks
4. Scoliosis (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scoliosis)
5. Scheuermann's Kyphosis (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scheuermann's_disease)
6. Spinal Disc Herniation (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spinal_disc_herniation)
Occasional back pain can be common in children, especially if they are age 10 and younger. Persistent back pain is not.
If your child is experiencing any of these issues, Dr. Dukes recommends scheduling an appointment as soon as possible. Our team is dedicated to effectively treating kids in a way that will help keep their growing spines safe and healthy for years to come.
Reach out. Dr. Dukes can help. Call 816-752-2524 and schedule your consult today.
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