Back Pain in Children
“Are radiologic changes in the thoracic and lumbar spine of adolescents risk factors for low back pain in adults? A 25-year prospective cohort study of 640 school children.”
This study investigated whether radiologic changes in the thoracic and lumbar spine and a history of low back pain in the adolescent period represented risk factors for developing low back pain as adults.
The history with the specific focus on back pain of 640 fourteen year old school children was assessed together with x-rays of the thoracic and lumbar spine of each of the children.
11% of the group had a history of low back pain in adolescence.
These subjects showed an 84% lifetime prevalence of low back pain as adults.
This study suggests that low back pain in the adolescent growth period is “a real problem.”
Harreby M, Neergaard K, Hesselsoe G, Kjer J. Department of Rheumatology, Centralsygehuset, Naestved, Denmark.
This study demonstrates that back pain in an adolescent increases the chance of that individual having back problems as an adult. Another great reason for early chiropractic check ups for children.