Lower Back Pain in Children
Back pain, at some stage of our life we all get it, but how best do we manage our kids with it? It has been well documented that between 26% – 50% of all kids will experience low back pain by the age of 15. The increased incidence has been linked to sedentary activity, or higher levels of organised sporting activity. These non-contact type and overuse injuries that occur during adolescence, can be avoided with combined forces of proper coaching, training, and rehabilitation, where necessary. Management of adolescent back pain is no different, and if ignored, can have long term detrimental effects.
In the active teenager, most will present with a gradual onset of worsening low back pain and declining performance. Their pain is exacerbated by repetitive back movements and/or high impact exercise. Within this age group, early diagnosis and management is crucial as it increases the rate of healing, and therefore a fast return to sport
The other thing to watch out for in this active teenage group is prolonged complaints of “soreness” in the lower back. “Soreness” can be easily brushed off as “growing pains”, but in the active teenager, it is typically a symptom of early bone stress reaction. It is reported that playing through “soreness” and stress reactions, will lead to stress fracture and a longer period out of sport.
Written by Claire Coltman
Specialist MSk Physio
Pea Green Physio
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