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Should I be worried if my child has back pain?
Should I be worried if my child has back pain?

By: Dr. Paracha


Children are incredibly resilient and fragile, all at the same time. What may sound like a horrific tumble can sometimes result in a child hopping right back up and continuing on their way. What may be of greater concern to parents is when their child complains of back pain, especially if they’re younger than high school age. Should you be worried if your child says that their back hurts?

Children typically have the discomfort of growing pains, but any complaints by your child about having back pain should be taken seriously. It may be a sore muscle from sleeping in an awkward position, which some children tend to do, or from sleeping in a new bed. Temporary aches may be the result of taking a tumble while playing with their friends. If your child continues to experience pain over the course of a day or two, you may want to schedule an appointment with their pediatrician.

Older children, specifically high school age, may be experiencing back pain due to athletics and everyday activities. Their bodies are closer to adult size and they’re more likely to test the limits of their physicality for a variety of reasons. We recommend resting, reducing the level of their activity, and keeping an eye on any persistent pain during the healing process. Injury from overuse is more common in high school athletes due to poor conditioning regimens and improper athletic technique.

Back pain in younger children can be a symptom of a more serious condition. What’s important to remember is that it’s easy for our minds to go to the worst possible scenario when our child is hurting; any loving parent could struggle with that very natural impulse. This is why our orthopedic staff is committed to helping parents consider all the possible treatment options and do our due diligence in treating your child.

If your child is suffering from back pain, talk with their pediatrician. If more examination is recommended, your next step should be to schedule an appointment with Orthopedic Associates. Click here to schedule your next appointment at Orthopedic Associates.





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