As children and teenagers are more flexible, in this age group back pain is not common as compare to adults. Only about 1 to 4 young competitive atheletes and 1 on 6 young recreational atheletes will have occasional back pain. Back pain in children that happens immediately after an injury or an atheletic event should be checked by a doctor.
Overuse injury can cause back pain in children. As overuse back injury happens gradually, children or parents may not be able to remember what injury that triggers the back pain or when the back problem started. Carrying heavy backpack may increase a child’s chances of a back injury or problem.
Back pain that is very severe and limits a child’s daily activities or back pain that lasts for 2 weeks or longer, needs to be checked by a doctor.
Back conditions that affect children and teenagers
- Pain that is made worse by specific movements, such as swimming, gymnastics, or contact sports, may be caused by spondylolysis or spondylolisthesis. Young athletes with low back pain have a higher risk of spondylolysis. These back injuries are usually caused by activity and overuse.
- Scheuermann’s disease can cause pain to the back. However, it is not severe enough to affect the daily activities of your child. It is the second most common cause of back pain in children and teenagers. Scheuermann’s disease may cause your child to have a rounded spine.
- If your child who is awakened by back pain during the night may have an infection, arthritis, or tumour of the spine.
- Back pain that happens with changes in balance or coordination may be a cause in the brain or spinal cord.
Back pain symptoms may be caused by other problems that the children is having. If you suspect that your child is having a spine problem, bring them to see a doctor to check their spine.