There are many ways that a child or teen can begin to deal with back pain, it can be as simple as chronic back pain the runs in the family or something as fixable as obesity. You can also create a problem in your back by the sports that you might play. In this article we will discuss all of these factors.
There are many back disorders or “diseases” that can cause problems for a child or young adult. Sciatica is not a medical diagnosis but it is the symptom of an underlying medical condition. It can start with pain in one leg or both (however it is usually just in one) and that pain will be magnified when in the sitting position. One of the most uncommon back disorders in children is scoliosis or early-onset scoliosis. This is caused by sideways curvature of the spine. The most common symptom for this disorder is is back pain. A few more include leaning to one side, muscle spasms, physical deformity, or uneven waist. Visit your doctor if you think it’s possible you have this disorder.
Herniated discs are one of the most common back disorders known. Broken down it is a rubbery disc in your lower back that is pushed against a nerve in your spinal system. There are more than 3 million cases diagnosed per year. They can be dangerous if you don’t feel them, which is very common. However they can be extremely painful. You might be able to feel the pain in your back, foot, arm, or leg. It can also cause numbness in those areas or even muscle weakness. There are treatments for this although not all cases call for it. Medication, physical therapy, or possibly surgery may be required for proper healing. If you think you may have a herniated disc go to your doctor.
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) or type 2, is a disease that starts to affect the child from 6 to 18 months of age. Or type 3, also known as kugelberg-welander disease or juvenile spinal muscular atrophy, starts to affect children at the age of 18 months. For stages 1-4 the severity and time of diagnosis depends on the amount of SMN proteins that a child has. If there is a high level of that certain protein then the disease will be diagnosed later and the case should be mild. If there are few proteins then the case will be diagnosed earlier and could be more severe. SMN stands for survival of motor neuron. It is encoded by SMN1 and SMN2 genes. Basically a deficiency in the SMN1 gene leads to fewer SMN proteins being made, which therein leads to SMA.
Obesity in children is starting to rise. In fact it’s been rising for a while now. Otherwise known as pediatric obesity, more than 3 millions cases are diagnosed per year in the US. The best way to fight obesity is to have a healthy diet and exercise regularly. There is also a cheap way to help a child’s back to decompress. It’s called an inversion table (choose the best inversion tables for back pain relief). Use it 4-5 times a week 10-15 minutes per use.