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Pediatric Low Back Injuries

Posted: May 1, 2024
By: Dr Rubin & Snaedis Logadottir

Recent epidemiologic studies have estimated that the lifetime prevalence of low back pain in children is approximately 50%, with almost 15% of children experiencing frequent or continual pain. A pediatric chiropractor can help alleviate low back pain in children through gentle spinal adjustments and exercises to strengthen supporting muscles and prevent future episodes. By employing safe and effective chiropractic care, pediatric chiropractors aim to reduce pain, improve function, and enhance the overall well-being of young patients experiencing low back discomfort.

A low back pain research study involving 54 pediatric patients with an average age of 13 years old highlights the potential of chiropractic care in alleviating low back pain in children. Most of the patients were diagnosed with lumbar dysfunction or subluxation. Treatment outcome was measured with a subjective rating scale and a self-report pediatric visual analogue scale. Patients responded well to adjustments, with 87% of patients experiencing "important" improvement within a 6-week treatment course. There were no reported complications and significant improvements were observed, however, the need for further investigations is needed.

Reference: Hayden JA, Mior SA, Verhoef MJ. Evaluation of chiropractic management of pediatric patients with low back pain: a prospective cohort study. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2003 Jan;26(1):1-8. doi: 10.1067/mmt.2003.11. PMID: 12532132.

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