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Common Causes of Childhood Back Problems

Common Causes of Childhood Back Problems


Childhood back problems are relatively rare, but they can occur due to various reasons. Here are some common causes of childhood back problems:

Scoliosis: This is a condition in which the spine curves to the side, often causing back pain and discomfort. Scoliosis can be caused by genetics, neuromuscular conditions, or unknown reasons. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, scoliosis affects 2-3% of the population, with most cases occurring in adolescents.

Reference: https://orthoinfo.aaos.org/en/diseases--conditions/scoliosis/

Kyphosis: This is a condition in which the upper back is excessively rounded, causing a hunchback appearance. Kyphosis can be caused by poor posture, degenerative diseases, or congenital disorders. According to the Cleveland Clinic, kyphosis affects 20-40% of adolescents. Scheuermann's disease, also known as juvenile kyphosis, is a condition that affects the spine, specifically the thoracic spine or the middle part of the back. It typically occurs during adolescence and is more common in boys than girls.

Reference: https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/17476-kyphosis

Herniated disc: This is a condition in which the soft material inside a spinal disc protrudes through the outer layer, causing pressure on nearby nerves. Herniated discs can be caused by injury or degenerative changes in the spine. While rare in children, it can occur in children who participate in sports.

Reference: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/herniated-disk/symptoms-causes/syc-20354095

Back strain: This is a common cause of back pain in children and is often caused by overuse or poor lifting techniques. Back strain can also occur due to sudden movements or trauma, such as a fall or car accident.

Reference: https://www.childrenshospital.org/conditions-and-treatments/conditions/b/back-strain

Most back problems in children are temporary and resolve on their own, but where they persist, in my experience they respond very well and very quickly to osteopathic treatments.

Come and see me with your children’s back problems at Osteostudio in Ashurst Wood, East Grinstead.

Cliff Russell, Registered Osteopath

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Author: Cliff Russell - Registered Osteopath

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