Back Pain In Children And Teens

by Administrator 25. April 2017 08:39

Back pain is not a common cause of worry in children and teenagers as their bodies are more flexible as compared to adults. However, children may get affected by back pain due to some underlying disorder that needs to be treated immediately. Any kind of back pain in children and teens that is severe or does not go away for a long time warrants medical attention.

Causes

  • Overuse injury
  • Injury during an athletic event
  • Carrying a heavy backpack
  • Spondylolysis or a defect of the joint between vertebral bones
  • Slipping of one vertebra over another or Spondylolisthesis
  • Disc injuries
  • Vertebral fractures during skateboarding or biking
  • An infection of the spine or a tumor
  • A rounded spine

Symptoms

  • Extreme pain in the back that worsens with certain activities
  • Trouble in walking
  • Bowel or bladder issues
  • Weakness or numbness in back, hips and legs

Diagnosis

  • The doctor may conduct a thorough physical examination of the child and note down the visible symptoms
  • The medical history of the child may be noted and specific questions regarding pain may  be asked by the doctor
  • The Spine may also be examined to look for abnormalities and mobility problems
  • The posture and walking gait may be analyzed by the doctor
  • The doctor my check the nerve stimulation in the back along with the reflexes of the legs.
  • He may conduct other tests to check for balance, flexibility and muscle strength
  • Imaging tests such as X-Rays, bone scans, CT scans or MRI scans may be suggested to have a detailed look at the bone and nerve structures

Treatment

In most of the children and teens, back pain tends to be short-lived if caused by strain or overuse. It resolves after a few months on its own. However, other cases require adequate treatment.

Non-surgical treatment

  • Pain medications might may be recommended by the doctor to reduce the discomfort in the back.
  • Application of heat packs during the first few days after a back injury may also prove to be helpful
  • Rest may be advised if back pain is caused by over exertion
  • The doctor may advise some patients to remain active, in order to
  • The doctor may advise some patients
  •  to remain active in order to avoid weakening of muscles
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises may be recommended to reduce pain
  • Low-impact activities such as swimming, cycling and walking may also be suggested to improve the condition
  • The doctor may ask the patients to avoid activities that cause pain like twisting, bending, etc.  

Surgical treatment

  • Surgical intervention may be necessary if the back pain is caused by a serious underlying medical condition such as scoliosis or a herniated disc etc.

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