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Health Tip: Evaluate Back Pain in Children

Health Tip: Evaluate Back Pain in Children


(HealthDay News) -- If a child has back pain, it is more likely than in adults to signal an underlying health problem, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says.

The academy adds that back pain in children should be evaluated by a physician, especially if the child also is:

  • Losing weight or running a fever.
  • Complaining of numbness or weakness.
  • Having difficulty walking.
  • Having pain that extends from the back down one or both of the legs.
  • Having bladder- or bowel-control issues.
  • Having pain that prevents the child from sleeping.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.


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