Back Pain in teens is becoming more common. These teenagers are sitting for longer periods of times not only at their desks in school, but in front of computer at home, television, and
playing their video games. Many of the games like X-box are causing injuries to the kids playing them as they are not only unnatural movements, but repetitive in nature. Children are carrying heavier back packs that are not filled or positioned properly. Playing sports also can lead to back pain in teens.
It is reported that 94% of the time the teenagers’ activities of daily living become limited due to the pain. Too many times parents ignore when their children tell them they are having back pain. By not getting treated quickly, the back pain in teens becomes more chronic as the years go by. It’s similar to having a cavity at a young age and never having it corrected.
Parents don’t know where to turn for the back pain in teens. Many times they just give their child a motrin or advil. These medications just cover up the symptoms and can lead to many side effects. Parents need to know that conservative treatment is the best option. Recent research has shown that manual therapy like chiropractic along with exercise has had the highest success in treating back pain in teens. Chiropractic and other manual therapies lead to the best results in pain, disability, mental health, flexibility and endurance when compared to education about pain, exercise, conditioning and control groups that received no treatment.
There are many other studies that show chiropractic is beneficial not only for back pain in teens, but for overall health, wellness and prevention in children and teenagers. Chiropractic is for anybody of any age that would like to experience natural health and wellness without drugs or surgery.
As a chiropractor in Freehold NJ, Dr. Russell Brokstein of Hometown Family Wellness Center educates his patients and community on the importance of working with children and teenagers. For more information about Dr. Russell and his office click here.