Most of the time, we tend to think of back pain as the kind of problem that we come up against as we get older. We rarely think of it as a problem associated with teenagers and even less with younger children. Nevertheless, it has been shown in recent studies that nearly 30% of children aged 6 to 7 have complained of some form of back pain.
Whilst these findings may worry many parents, the most important thing to learn is that we need to look out for back pain in our children; which isn’t always obvious. Back pain can be felt by children in other parts of their body; for example unexplained stomach pain. It is therefore important that both parents and teachers are aware that back pain is really quite common in children and it should not go untreated.
Should back pain be a matter for concern?
Most back pain in children can be dealt with effectively with a course of chiropractic treatment and a change in lifestyle.
However if it is ignored it can result in the child growing up to see the complaint as normal.
What kind of long-term side-effects of back pain are expected in children?
Depending on the cause of the back pain, ignoring the problem can often lead to joints suffering from excessive wear which in turn can lead to longer term problems such as osteoarthritis……. read more.
Why do children get back pain?
Typically the causes are poor posture or lifestyle related. It is most likely that the increase in child back pain we have seen over the last decade is largely the result of so many children being entertained by games consoles, televisions and mobile phones. There is also evidence that it may run in families.
What do we need to do to keep our children healthy
Regular exercise, a nutritious diet and encouraging active play are all important. It would also be good to limit the amount of time spent in front of televisions and games consoles or crouched over mobile phones.
A regular check up could do no harm and if you are looking for a chiropractor Torquay has some excellent clinics that can offer their services.