Pediatric Back Pain

Pediatric Back Pain

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Summary

There are multiple reasons children may suffer from back pain, including muscle strain and more serious conditions.

Expanded overview

Muscle strain can cause back pain in children, or it could be a sign of a more serious condition.

Causes

The most common conditions that cause back pain in children include:

Symptoms

If your child has muscle strain, the symptom will be pain, especially with movement.

More serious conditions that can cause back pain may involve the following symptoms:

  • Constant crying or complaining of pain
  • Numbness in the back, arms or legs
  • Pain that does not go away after several weeks of home treatment
  • Pain that does not go away after taking over-the-counter pain relief
  • Pain that wakes your child from sleep
  • Weakness in arms or legs

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