Does Your Child Suffer From Back Pain? Here’s What You Need to Know

First of all, don’t ignore it.

When children complain of back pain, “doctors and parents should be concerned,” says Vesna Martich Kriss, MD. As an associate professor of radiology and pediatrics at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, he should know.

If your doctor has already pinpointed the cause, massage therapy could really help relieve the pain. Talk to your doctor and a massage therapist to learn more.

Even if x-rays show nothing, “parents shouldn’t stop there if pain persists,” says Kriss.

He explains, “sometimes a fracture after a trauma doesn’t show up in an x-ray for a week or two. A second x-ray may be necessary if the child continues to complain, and occasionally, a bone scan may be necessary to get to the root of the problem.”

What Absolutely Causes the Most Back Pain in Young People?

The Seattle Children’s Hospital says child back pain is often caused by carrying something heavy – such as wearing (or improperly wearing) a child backpack.

WebMD says activity and overuse cause many back problems with young athletes. Pain that gets worse with certain sports movements may be caused by spondylolysis (vertebra damage) or spondylolisthesis (misaligned vertebrae.)

Scheuermann’s disease causes improper spine curvature, and is common among young people ages 12-16. And occurs more often in boys than girls, adds WebMD.

If your child wakes up at night with back pain, WebMD suggests checking with your doctor for possible infection, arthritis or tumor of the spine. And if balance or coordination is all of a sudden a challenge, it could be a brain or spinal cord problem.

Doctors could find that your child may simply be imitating the behavior of adults or others in your family. Or symptoms may be caused by problems at home or school. Counseling and support are crucial to help your child overcome these challenges.

Danger, Don’t Ignore These Painful Symptoms – Act Now

Back pain in children – it’s not like back pain in adults. As the American Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons emphasizes, it’s far more likely to be serious in children.

Especially if your child is age 4 or younger.

Or if your child has these symptoms too:

  • Trouble walking
  • Fever or weight loss
  • Weakness or numbness
  • Bowel or bladder problems
  • Pain that radiates down one or both legs
  • Pain that keeps your child from sleeping
  • After you talk to your doctor, therapists can often help.

How can I help you? Call me at 313-920-2350 with any questions, concerns or to find out how massage can relieve pain.


by Sarah Shropshire
LMT, Essential Oil Consultant and Business Owner