Most people consider low-back pain (LBP) an adults-only malady. But Dr. Smith wants parents to be aware that children are also susceptible to this potentially debilitating condition. LBP in children was, for many years, considered a rare condition. But in the last two decades, studies show that the prevalence of LBP in children is skyrocketing.
Approximately 50 percent of all children will develop LBP at sometime in their lives, according to researchers in Canada. Of that number, nearly 15 percent will experience frequent or continual pain (J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2003;26:1-8).
Dr. Smith notes that the same instigators that lead to adult LBP often trigger LBP in children: misalignment of spinal bones (vertebrae), poor posture, emotional stress, sports-related injuries and other trauma.
When spinal bones are misaligned, the resulting condition is known as vertebral subluxation. In addition to LBP, vertebral subluxations may lead to infantile colic, earache, headache, carpal tunnel syndrome and several other ailments. Dr. Smith cares for patients suffering from vertebral subluxations with safe and gentle maneuvers known as chiropractic adjustments.
If your child complains of LBP, or you notice a change in the way he or she walks, stands or sits, take it seriously and contact our office immediately to schedule an evaluation.