School kids get back pain…and it’s not just from back packs!
Chiropractic Care is here to partner with Chicago parents whose kids
suffer with back pain or wonder if their kids’ claim about back pain is
real or not. (It likely is!) Daily exercise can be a fantastic preventative, if you
can keep your kids exercising. Chiropractic Care knows that’s a trick.
First of all, know that back pain in children does need to
be taken seriously. 51% of kids when asked about whether they’ve had back pain
in their lives say yes. (1) Kids as young as 8 years old report back pain. (2) In one study using MRI, up to 25% of back
pain cases in children were found to be due to real spinal changes like tumors,
disc herniations, spondylolisthesis, arthritis, or degenerative discs. (1) So back
pain in children including our own Chicago kids is a growing
Secondly, in a study of school boys and girls between 12 and
15 years of age, low back pain occurrence is high. 57% report low back pain. Why?
The researchers found that advancing age, higher body mass index, and remaining
seated at school contribute to the problem. For 80% of the kids with low back
pain, remaining seated is the main activity that triggers back pain symptoms
lasting up to 7 days. (3) How much sitting does your child do during a normal
Chicago school day?
What can be done? One study points to daily focus on
prevention with exercise and education. Daily! Researchers taught the kids 4
simple, daily exercises to do and “back awareness” to educate them. During the
study, the children reported significantly fewer episodes of and significantly
fewer lifetime first episodes of low back pain. Those who’d had back pain before did tend
to have a back pain episode more than those who’d never had back pain before.
Overall, the study was a success. Regular exercise and education appear to
reduce LBP episodes compared to education alone. However, keeping the kids
doing the exercises was hard. (2) (Sounds like Chicago adults!) Chiropractic Care
reminds Chicago chiropractic adult patients to do their exercises
all the time!
So listen if your kids say they have back pain. Bring them
to Chiropractic Care for an exam if the symptoms linger. Try to keep them active.
Encourage them to move around as much as they can during the day at school. If
a teacher lets them stand for break during classtime, encourage them to take
it! Contact Chiropractic Care for specific exercises for your kids at your next
Chicago chiropractic visit!