Can children suffer from back and neck problems?
Poor spinal health is not something that we commonly associate with children.
In fact many of us – experienced parents and GPs alike – often mistake pain and discomfort in a child for nothing more than growing pains.
However, while aches and pains can be a normal part of your child’s development, it’s also a fact that they are just as vulnerable to back and neck related complaints as much as adults.
At Cheshunt Chiropractic Clinic, Dr Kevin Leizer has been treating children with back and neck pain for almost 25 years. During this time he has built up a tremendous amount of experience in this field.
“There are many reasons why children suffer from spinal dysfunction,” he says.
“Children are much more prone to slips and falls than adults, whether in the school playground or on the sports field. However we also see a lot of children suffering as a result of the heavy bags and back-packs that they carry to school, often slung casually over their shoulders in the worst possible way.
I frequently see children on their way to school, struggling beneath a mountain of bags, books and musical instruments. It doesn’t surprise me that many of them end up suffering. Placing such consistent strain on a growing body is simply not good for optimal spinal health.”
This is supported by an increasingly well-documented body of research, which shows that spinal problems in children are surprisingly high. Young girls in particular can vulnerable to scoliosis, an excessive sideways curvature of the spine. If you are concerned about this, then you should consider having their spines screened by a Chiropractor from age 11 or 12 upwards. This will ensure that any early signs of mechanical disturbance are picked up.
Is Chiropractic treatment safe for children?
Dr Leizer says:
“Chiropractic treatment is perfectly safe for children and the results can be incredibly beneficial. In fact we often find that children respond much faster to treatment than adults.”
The important thing for parents to remember is that children’s backs have exactly the same limitations as adults, and are therefore just as vulnerable to similar stresses and strains encountered.”