The spine is one of the strongest parts of the body. It is made up of lots of bones, called vertebrae, stacked on top of each other. This gives our spine the flexibility to move.
The vertebrae are held together by strong muscles and ligaments, providing our spine with lots of stability. Small discs sit between each vertebrae, acting as shock absorbers.
The spine also forms a protective tunnel for the spinal cord, system of nerves which carry important messages between the brain and the rest of our body.
In most cases, back and neck pain starts to improve within a few days or weeks. However, you should seek medical advice if your child’s pain is not improving with the self help advice below.
You should contact your GP for urgent review if your child has back or neck pain and also has any of the following symptoms:
In very rare cases, spinal problems require immediate medical attention. If your child has any of the symptoms below, you should urgently call 111 or your GP who will triage if your child needs urgent care:
Although pain in the neck or back is not as common in children as adults, it is more common than previously thought, particularly among older children and teenagers. Most of the time there is a very simple explanation for back and neck pain.
Sometimes pain in the neck or back may occur after a known injury. Other times it may come on gradually.
Often back or neck pain may be related to a change in activity levels or loading of the spine. Back or neck pain can be more common if your child trains very frequently in certain sports involving repetitive movements of the spine, such as gymnastics or bowling in cricket.
For further information see our page on ‘Preventing Sport Injuries’.
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