Back pain in children and teens

Children and teens tend to be more flexible however if your child is experiencing persistent back pain, at HCA UK we can help.

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What do I do if my child is experiencing back pain?

Children and teens are more flexible than adults, so they tend not to experience much back pain. If it does happen, it could be a sign of something more serious, so it's worth getting it checked out. At HCA UK, our orthopaedic, neurological and paediatric specialists can help get to the root of the problem.

Types of back pain in children and teens

Acute back pain

Acute back pain can last three to six months and is usually the result of damaged tissues.

Chronic back pain

Chronic back pain is pain that lasts beyond three to six months or beyond the tissue-healing period.

Neuropathic pain

Neuropathic pain happens when your body continues to feel pain even though there is no tissue damage.

Need to know

Back pain in children can be developmental or acquired. Examples of developmental conditions include spondylolysis where the bridge between two adjacent vertebrae in the spine may have a defect. This is usually seen in children who take part in activities like gymnastics or cricket.

If a child with scoliosis complains of back pain it may be indicative of other problems so consult your doctor as soon as possible. Aquired back pain can be due to trauma or infection and the presentation is more acute.

Your child's back pain symptoms will depend on the type and cause of their back pain. Paediatric spinal infections and tumours are rare. However, they can be quite serious and have their own set of symptoms.

Your consultant will discuss your child's symptoms with you. They may also carry out a number of tests to make a diagnosis, such as an X-ray or MRI scan.

Your consultant will discuss your child's back pain treatment options, which are likely to vary depending on the nature and extent of your child's symptoms. They might include back pain medication or physiotherapy.

Our Paediatric back pain locations

Institute of Sport Exercise and Health (ISEH)

Institute of Sport Exercise and Health (ISEH)

170 Tottenham Court Road W1T 7HA London
The Harley Street Clinic

The Harley Street Clinic

35 Weymouth Street W1G 8BJ London
Urgent Care Centre for Children at The Portland Hospital

Urgent Care Centre for Children at The Portland Hospital

234 Great Portland Street W1W 5QT London
The Portland Hospital

The Portland Hospital

205-209 Great Portland Street W1W 5AH London
The Princess Grace Hospital

The Princess Grace Hospital

42-52 Nottingham Place W1U 5NY London
The Lister Hospital

The Lister Hospital

Chelsea Bridge Road, SW1W 8RH London

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.