More Kids Are Experiencing Spine Pain

Evidence suggests that the prevalence of musculoskeletal spinal pain (MSP) in children and teenagers has increased significantly from years past.

According to the data, musculoskeletal spinal pain, which includes lumbar, thoracic and cervical spine pain, has increased in recent years, affecting between 15 and 35 percent of children and adolescents. Not only is this concerning for our children now, but research also shows that children and teens who experience spine pain at an early age are more likely to develop chronic spine pain as an adult.

“MSP is one of the most common causes of severe long-term pain and physicial disability,” said Yolandi Brink, a physiotherapist at Stellenbosch University. “The biggest risk factor for experiencing MSP in adulthood is the occurrence of a first episode of MSP during childhood or adolescence.”

Why Are More Kids Dealing With Back Pain?

According to Brink there are a number of reasons as to why kids these days are experiencing more spine pain than kids in the past. She listed numerous potential reasons, including:

Brink added that unless the underlying condition is truly treated when it first arrives, it can keep returning throughout a person’s life.

“MSP conditions are often recurrent in nature, occurring throughout the life course.

However, there are a number of steps we can take to help reduce the onset of spine pain in our children and teens. Some recommendations include:

1. Limiting total backpack weight to no more than 20 percent of the child’s body weight, and the backpack should have wide padded straps that fit over both shoulders.

2. Sitting should be limited, as children should engage in no more than one our of screen time a day, while adolescents should be limited to two hours.

3. Children and adolescents should engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activity or exercise each day.

4. Children should eat a well-balanced diet that limits the overconsumption of Vitatmin B12, which is found in meat, eggs and cereal.

You Might Also Enjoy...

Symptoms and Treatment Options For Spine Tumors

Spine tumors are rare, and even though they may not be cancerous, they still need to be treated by an expert neurosurgeon as quickly as possible. Here’s how to recognize possible symptoms so you can schedule an evaluation right away.

Artificial Disc Replacement vs. Spinal Fusion

Today’s spine treatments use advanced techniques to relieve chronic back pain and improve quality of life. But sometimes the types of surgery can be confusing. Here’s a quick comparison of two of the most common types of spinal surgery.

8 Helpful Things To Do Before Spine Surgery

Spine surgery can be the perfect solution to your back pain woes, but the success of your operation doesn’t entirely depend on the skill of the treating surgeon. You may also be surprised to learn that it’s not just what you do during your post-op...