Back pain in children

Orthop Clin North Am. 1999 Jul;30(3):467-74, ix. doi: 10.1016/s0030-5898(05)70099-7.


Children and adolescents occasionally have back symptoms, but rarely come to a physician's office for more severe back pain. When a child or adolescent appears in the clinic with complaints of back pain, a careful detailed evaluation is appropriate. The incidence of findings in children with significant back pain is high; therefore, a detailed history, physical examination, and evaluation are needed. It is also legitimate to continue monitoring children even if no obvious cause is initially identified because often a diagnosis subsequently will be made.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Back Pain / etiology*
  • Child
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Discitis / diagnosis
  • Humans
  • Intervertebral Disc Displacement / diagnosis
  • Scheuermann Disease / diagnosis
  • Spinal Diseases / diagnosis
  • Spinal Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Spondylolisthesis / diagnosis
  • Spondylolysis / diagnosis