Back pain in children and adolescents

Pediatr Clin North Am. 1996 Aug;43(4):899-917. doi: 10.1016/s0031-3955(05)70441-7.

Abstract

Back pain in children is a common problem that is infrequently reported to physicians. Persistent back pain in children is serious, and most conditions can be diagnosed with relatively simple tests, including diagnostic plain radiographs and bone scans. Many cases, including strains and sprains, are relieved with rest and decreased activity. If persistent back pain, increasing pain, fever, or neurologic deficit is present, referral to the orthopedic surgeon should be swift until a specific cause can be found and treated.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Back Pain / diagnosis*
  • Back Pain / etiology
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Discitis / complications
  • Discitis / diagnosis
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intervertebral Disc Displacement / complications
  • Intervertebral Disc Displacement / diagnosis
  • Kyphosis / complications
  • Kyphosis / diagnosis
  • Male
  • Osteoblastoma / complications
  • Osteoblastoma / diagnosis
  • Osteoblastoma / pathology
  • Osteoma, Osteoid / complications
  • Osteoma, Osteoid / diagnosis
  • Osteoma, Osteoid / pathology
  • Spinal Neoplasms / complications
  • Spinal Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Spinal Neoplasms / pathology
  • Spine / pathology
  • Spondylolisthesis / complications
  • Spondylolisthesis / diagnosis
  • Spondylolysis / complications
  • Spondylolysis / diagnosis