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Back pain in children and teens

Children and teens tend to be more flexible

If your child is experiencing back pain, we can help

About

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.

Need to know

  • Symptoms of back pain in children and teens icon plus

    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.
  • Diagnosis icon plus

    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.
  • Potential treatment options icon plus

    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.

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.
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  • The Portland Hospital Facility

    The Portland Hospital

    205 - 209 Great Portland Street

    London

    W1W 5AH

    Children's enquiries 020 7390 8020
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  • Institute of Sport Exercise and Health Facility

    Institute of Sport Exercise and Health

    170 Tottenham Court Road

    London

    W1T 7HA

    Call 020 3447 2800
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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.
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