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Back Pain in Children

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Feb 4, 2024.

What do I need to know about back pain in children?

Back pain may occur in your child's upper, middle, or lower back. Back pain may be caused by problems with muscles or bones, such as muscle strain or a herniated disc. Pain can also be caused by other conditions, such as swelling or an infection between spinal discs. The cause of your child's back pain may not be known.

How is back pain diagnosed?

Your child's healthcare provider will ask about any medical conditions your child has or medicines he or she is taking. The provider will also ask about your child's back pain. Tell the provider when your child's pain started and if anything seems to make the pain worse or better. He or she may ask if your child was doing a certain activity or if he or she was injured when the pain started. Tell the provider if your child has any other symptoms. Your child may need any of the following:

How is back pain treated?

Treatment depends on the cause of your child's back pain. Your child's healthcare provider may recommend the following:

Treatment options

The following list of medications are in some way related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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What can I do to help my child manage back pain?

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my child's doctor?

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your child's care. Learn about your child's health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your child's healthcare providers to decide what care you want for your child. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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