How are kids and teens affected by back pain?
Back pain is not very common among young people. Children’s bodies are lighter and more flexible than adults, and they are less likely to endure the same stresses that cause pain in adults. If a child is experiencing back pain, he or she should be physically evaluated to understand why.
Typically, back pain among children is the result of an acute injury related to sports or rough play. Repetitive use injuries are often linked to activities such as gymnastics, cheerleading, and dancing. To avoid re-injury, the child should be advised on building and maintaining physical conditioning.
One should not wait until back pain develops to take proactive steps towards health. Children should be taught how their posture affects the stresses placed upon their bodies. Unevenly worn footwear and even their stance while sitting can play a role in the health of their spines. Pay attention to how your child wears his or her backpack. It should not be worn over one shoulder, sagging below the waist, or over-filled to the point of being difficult to carry.
Increasingly, handheld devices such as smartphones, tablets, and laptops are contributing to injuries in the neck and spine. Discourage using them for prolonged periods or in positions that strain the neck.
Scoliosis is another cause of back pain among children. While the condition cannot be cured, chiropractic techniques can reduce its symptoms and relieve pain. At Irondequoit Chiropractic, we specialize in the precise and careful treatment of scoliosis.
Recognizing the Symptoms of Back Pain
Take note if your child is experiencing the following symptoms:
Pain along the spine or surrounding area
Numbness, weakness, or tingling
Stabbing or burning sensation
Joint or muscle stiffness, inability to move
Pain spreads throughout the body
Pain symptoms vary from person to person and can change over time. Identifying the root cause of the pain is key to any treatment plan. If the child experiences back pain that does not go away with one to two days of rest, we recommend you come in for a consultation. Make an appointment online anytime.
We are here to help
Our mission is to provide a timely and sustainable recovery. We practice a wide range of evidence-based techniques to aid in your recovery, customized for each patient.
Chiropractic Manipulative Treatment to help restore the body’s full range of motion.
Therapy modalities such as cold laser or electric stimulation to minimize muscle tightness, pain, and swelling.
Neuromuscular Massage Therapy to improve circulation and reduce pain.
Therapeutic stretching to increase flexibility.
Spinal decompression to reduce the pressure within and between spinal discs.
Nutrition supplementation to support your dietary needs.
Irondequoit Chiropractic Center is proud to have serves the Rochester community for more than 20 years. You can schedule an appointment anytime by contacting our office.