Children’s Back Pain Is Real And Needs Proper Evaluation

Children's Back Pain Is Real And Needs Proper Evaluation

Children’s health issues are just the same as adult health issues — only smaller.  In adults, back pain is a common musculoskeletal problem.  In children, back pain should be taken seriously. 

When children under age 10 have back pain that lasts longer than 3 days, they should have an advanced imaging study of the spine.

Results presented at the 1999 annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America suggested that about 1/3 of these children have significant problems needing specific treatment — even though the regular x-rays were normal!

Dr. Alan Greene

Dr. Greene is the founder of DrGreene.com (cited by the AMA as “the pioneer physician Web site”), a practicing pediatrician, father of four, & author of Raising Baby Green & Feeding Baby Green. He appears frequently in the media including such venues as the The New York Times, the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, & the Dr. Oz Show.

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