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.
- Lower back pain is a common occurrence in school age children and yet many of these children do not seek medical attention for this associated pain.
- Studies have shown that there is no single risk factor or cause of this back pain.
- It is because the children’s musculoskeletal systems systems are still developing so this leaves their systems at a greater risk for injury.
“Although the causes of lower back pain in school-aged children are most often benign, according to the literature, a thorough evaluation performed by the primary care physician can help rule out a more serious condition.”