Back pain in children and adolescents

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Did you know that Low back pain in childhood/adolescence is a significant risk factor for low back pain in adulthood?

If this was occuring how would your child present? Usually they’d complain requently with a diffuse, poorly localised pain on the back.

You may notice Your child complaining about having a sore back alot and when asked they can’t tell you where the pain is.

back pains are More common in-

  • Girls
  • With increasing age
  • With High and low levels of activity
  • During periods of rapid growth
  • Youth participating in sports requiring flexion / extension / rotation of the spine

However, most cases of back pain are non-specific and self-limiting.

This means it should go away on its own, however, we don’t know how long it would take to get better

so What can you do as a parent?

Take them to your chiropractor for a spinal check and assessment

the role of the chiropractor as a primary spinal health professional would be to rule out any serious pathologies or red flags, and then provide the relevant adJustments and recommendations (if needed and deemed appropriate).

Although it is not well documented, Back pain is common in paediatrics with one year prevalence rates varying from 7% to 58% with a lifetime prevalence of 70-80% by 20 years old.

Both our Chiropractors have a huge interest in childrean’s chiropractic and are Registered Members of the Australian College of Chiropractic Paediatrics. The Australian College of Chiropractic Paediatrics represents chiropractors with a minimum 2 years of post-graduate training in paediatrics. The ACCP was established in 2016 to promote evidence-based care of infants and children by chiropractors and to improve the level of paediatric training within the chiropractic profession.

Children’s chiropractic focuses on the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of spinal and musculoskeletal conditions in infants, children, and adolescents. Chiropractors who specialize in pediatric care understand the unique needs of growing bodies and use gentle, age-appropriate techniques to promote optimal health and well-being. By ensuring proper spinal alignment and addressing any potential imbalances, children’s chiropractic care aims to support healthy development, improve nervous system function, and enhance overall vitality. Whether it’s addressing common childhood conditions like colic, ear infections, or growing pains, or supporting overall wellness and injury prevention, children’s chiropractic offers a safe and natural approach to healthcare for the young ones in our communities.

It’s time to add a Chiropractor to your Child’s support team!