Back Pain in Children

Authored by Dr Laurence Knott, 16 Jun 2017

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Dr John Cox, 16 Jun 2017

Pain the back in children occurs quite often and seems to be increasingly common. Most of the time this is not a serious problem.

Years ago dire warnings were given about missing serious causes of back pain in children. Now doctors are more relaxed about back pain in kids. Sure, serious causes mustn't be ignored but doctors have come to realise there's no need to scan every kid who winces after slamming themself into a goal post.

There's a whole range of conditions that can cause back pain in older children, including overuse, carrying heavy backpacks, and sprains and fractures. Less common conditions include slipped discs and inflammatory diseases.

Further reading and references

  • Taxter AJ, Chauvin NA, Weiss PF; Diagnosis and treatment of low back pain in the pediatric population. Phys Sportsmed. 2014 Feb42(1):94-104. doi: 10.3810/psm.2014.02.2052.

  • Ramirez N, Flynn JM, Hill BW, et al; Evaluation of a systematic approach to pediatric back pain: the utility of magnetic resonance imaging. J Pediatr Orthop. 2015 Jan35(1):28-32. doi: 10.1097/BPO.0000000000000190.

  • Spiteri K, Busuttil ML, Aquilina S, et al; Schoolbags and back pain in children between 8 and 13 years: a national study. Br J Pain. 2017 May11(2):81-86. doi: 10.1177/2049463717695144. Epub 2017 Feb 1.

Yeasterday, i went to urgent care because my back pain got so bad that it was a little hard to breathe. They told me I had thoracic kyphosis i believe. I've always had poor posture since I was little....

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