Spinal Conditions in Children
Did you know spinal conditions can affect children? While some level of back pain is common in adults, it’s rare in children and could be an indicator of a more serious problem. That said, any child that experiences back pain should be looked over by one of our skilled, compassionate doctors at Central NJ Spine. Our doctors have experience diagnosing and treating back pain in children.
However, what causes childhood back pain?
Causes of Back Pain in Children
Four types of spinal conditions affect children, including the following:
• Musculoskeletal: Back pain associated with the musculoskeletal system is often due to things like spinal stress fractures, muscle atrophy and strain, or ruptured discs, and it can affect the vertebrae, vertebral discs, and back muscles.
• Developmental: Developmental spinal conditions include spondylosis, scoliosis, and spondylolisthesis
• Infectious/Inflammatory: These types of spinal conditions include epidural abscess, osteomyelitis, discitis, andother systemic infections.
• Neoplastic: Sometimes, tumors may cause back pain in children.
When to Seek Immediate Medical Assistance
If a child who is experiencing back pain also has a fever, shooting pains in his or herlegs, trouble walking, or an inability to control thebladder or bowel, he or sheshould be seen by a doctor immediately.
Pediatric Back Pain Treatment
Our team of compassionate doctors is experienced in diagnosing and treating spinal conditions in children. When we meet with a child and his or herparents, we’ll discuss thesymptoms and medical history and will perform any necessary tests in order to provide an accurate diagnosis. From there, a treatment plan will be proposed, and it may include pain medication to help manage the condition or may even include surgery.
Is your child experiencing back pain? Schedule a consultation with one of our doctors today. Call our office at 201-371-6004.