Spinal Conditions in Children

Children are not simply little adults. Spinal conditions and treatments that occur in children are often unique and require specialized attention. Back pain in adults is common, but it is rare in children and may indicate a serious condition. Thus, any child with back pain should be evaluated by a specialist. Dr. Rovner and the experts at Progressive Spine & Orthopaedics can evaluate back pain in children, identify the source, and develop an individualized treatment plan.

Causes of Back Pain in Children

Spinal conditions that occur in children can be categorized into four groups:

  • Musculoskeletal – Mechanical problems due to injury, muscle atrophy and strain, spinal stress fractures, and/or ruptured discs. May affect the muscles, vertebrae, and/or vertebral discs.
  • Developmental – Examples include scoliosis, spondylosis, and/or spondylolisthesis
  • Infectious/Inflammatory– Examples include osteomyelitis, discitis, epidural abscess, or systemic infections.
  • Neoplastic – Some tumors, while rare in children, may cause back pain

When to Seek Immediate Medical Help

All cases of back pain in children should be evaluated by an expert in the spine and spinal diseases. The presence of fever, shooting pain in the legs, problems walking, or a loss of bowel and/or bladder function indicates that the child should be seen by a doctor at once.

Pediatric Back Pain Treatment

Progressive Spine & Orthopaedics uses a variety of advanced tests to diagnose the cause pediatric back pain. Of course, these tests depend on the age of the child, his or her symptoms, and the results of a thorough medical history. To accurately diagnose the condition, your care professional may request imaging scans, bone scans and lab tests. Dr. Rovner will work with the child and the family to find a personalized treatment regimen We may recommend child-safe pain medication to help manage the condition. Depending on the condition, the child may require continuous medical supervision and, perhaps, surgery to correct the problem.