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Because children and teenagers are more flexible, back pain is not as
common in this age group as it is in adults. Back pain in a child that occurs immediately after an
injury or an athletic event should be checked by a doctor.
Back pain in children and teens may also be caused by an overuse
injury. Children or their parents may not be able to remember when the back
problem started or to recall an injury or change in activity that triggered the
back problem. Carrying a heavy backpack may increase a child's chances of a
back problem or injury.
Back pain that is severe enough to limit a child's activity or that
lasts for 2 weeks or longer needs to be checked by a doctor.
Children sometimes imitate the behavior and symptoms of adults and
older children in the family. Symptoms may be caused by other problems they are
having in the home or at school. When these problems are present, it is
important to help the child and family find appropriate counseling and
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerDavid Messenger, MD
Current as ofAugust 6, 2014
Current as of:
August 6, 2014
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & David Messenger, MD
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