Is there a particular age at which you’re most likely to start experiencing back problems? While you are more likely to experience pain or damage that necessitates surgery as you get older, unfortunately back pain can develop at virtually any age. Some specialists hold that even newborn babies can experience spinal pain and problems as a result of the difficult process of birth.
Not only can back pain become an issue at any age, it can lead to more serious issues if a treatable underlying problem is left untreated for a long period of time. Even if you believe you are too young for back pain, you should take it seriously—and you should also listen if your child is complaining of back pain. The common causes of back pain in children and teens differ from those experienced by adults, but that doesn’t make them any less real. Common causes of back pain in children and teens include:
– Spondylolysis or spondylolisthesis, which are both generally related to injuries that may be encountered by children and teens that play sports. Activities that require bending (like gymnastics) or potentially big impacts (like football) are frequent causes of this kind of back problem, in children.
– Disc injuries and vertebral injuries are also common explanations behind back pain in children. These also tend to result can result from sports injuries.
– Spinal infections can develop in children, and should be treated promptly. These most often are indicated by back pain that manifests in conjunction with redness and swelling anywhere along the spine. An infection requires prompt attention to avoid long-term complication.
– Other serious conditions that can cause back pain include scoliosis, tumors, and diseases of the nervous system. While rare, these disorders can cause symptoms of back pain and stiffness in children and should be treated promptly. With the right level of timely care, serious diseases can be kept under control and stopped before serious progression.
When it comes to making the decision to pursue further treatment for back pain, it’s not so much a matter of age but of situation. If you are regularly experiencing back pain that is getting in the way of your daily life to the point of interfering with your happiness, welfare, and self-sufficiency, it’s definitely time to get help. However, to be safe it is better to see a doctor if you experience back pain that persists longer than three days despite conservative treatments, like icing, heating, or OTC meds.
If you have been experiencing chronic back pain, it’s important to start with a proper diagnosis. Call the Spine Institute Northwest at 888-712-0318 for more information on the services we offer for Canadian patients.