When you hear of back pain, you ordinarily think of an adult. But that is not the case in today’s world. Kids are experiencing the agony of slipped disks (when a disk presses on a nerve) with athletics coming under fire as the main reason. More kids are getting involved in sports at younger ages and playing more competitively than in the past; those young backs are taking a beating.
Diagnosing back pain is hard when it’s an adult but it’s even harder when children are involved. Treating a child with a slipped disk has far greater risks and complications. With adults, the problem is typically linked to getting old; wear and tear is the first possibility. With children, of course, that’s not the case. The cause is often trauma, typically from excessive activities on the football field or tennis court.
One reason might be the intensity that sports are played today. There is more competition within schools and clubs. Parents also want their kids to be active and perform well in sports and if you introduce your kids to sports at age 4 or 5, things are more likely to happen.
Treating back injuries in kids is a timely process. Usually stretched over a couple of years, you can go through multiple X-Rays, MRI scans, physical therapy, massages, pain medications and muscle relaxants. Not to mention the expensive trips to the chiropractor several times a week.
If you can’t find that long term relief, the only other option is surgery. An injured nerve root can cause weakness or numbness. In extreme cases, paralysis is a possibility. But when the outcome is good, kids are back on the playing field anywhere from four to eight weeks.