Back Pain in Children

01 In Brief

Unlike back pain in adults, a child who has backache is more likely to have a serious underlying cause. This is especially true if the child is under four years old and has associated symptoms such as fever, weakness, numbness, problems walking, pain radiating down both legs, bladder or bowel problems and/or pain that disturbs sleep. It is important to seek medical advice early, especially if the pain persists or becomes worse.

02 What Others Say

  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons 

Fact sheet: Back Pain in Children

03 Clinicians Tools and Resources

Excellent review from Houghton K. : Paediatric Rheumatology 2010,8:28

Review for the generalist: evaluation of low back pain in children and adolescents

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Last updated: 30/05/2011