Prevalence and Tracking of Back Pain From Childhood to Adolescence

It is generally acknowledged that back pain (BP) is a common condition already in childhood. However, the development until early adulthood is not well understood and, in particular, not the individual tracking pattern.

Prevalence of neck pain, mid-back pain and low back pain was tracked in children ages 9, 13 and 15.

The results were:

The prevalence estimates for children at the ages of 9, 13, and 15, respectively, were for Back Pain 33%, 28%, and 48%.

For Low Back Pain: 4% (9 y/o), 22% (13 y/o), and 36% (15 y/o).

For Mid Back Pain: 20% (9 y/o), 13% (13 y/o), and 35% (15 y/o)

Neck Pain 10% (9 y/o), 7% (13 y/o), and 15% (15 y/o).

Seeking care for Back Pain increased from 6% and 8% at the two youngest ages to 34% at the oldest.

What are the causes of back pain which were dismissed as "growing pains" years ago ? Numerous studies have reported: Back Pack use, texting, use of computers and lap tops and sporting injuries.

One of the main reasons that Chiropratic has become an ever increasing utilized service is it's drugless approach which is embraced by more and more parents and Pediatricians. Adolescents and teens typically have a very quick response and it is our hope that early spine care can stave off more serious spine problems in adulthood.

At Peninsula Spine & Sports Rehabilitation in San Mateo, Dr. Hindocha treats adolescents and teenagers with neck, mid-back and low back problems with gentle Chiropractic therapy including: therapeutic exercises and gentle soft tissue procedures. Dr. Hindocha's experience has been adolescents and teens respond very quickly to Chiropractic therapy. We are located in San Mateo, CA, and offer gentle Chiropractic therapy. Talk to your Pediatrician today !
 
Author
Dr. Rommel Hindocha, D.C. QME Dr. Rommel Hindocha, QME, is a licensed chiropractor and provides spine health and sports rehabilitation treatments to patients in the greater Burlingame, California, area. Dedicated to helping patients live pain-free lives, Dr. Hindocha continues to research and employ the latest proven treatment options for chronic and acute pain and is certified by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners.

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