Back pain in the younger generation is becoming more prevalent nowadays. For the past few months, more and more young people have been forced to isolate indoors, missing out on healthy physical activity.
Because of the sedentary lifestyle that accompanied the home-isolation over the past year, an increasing number of youngsters have been complaining of back pain. Generally, this is something you should not be worried about as it is likely to resolve on its own. However, if it persists, or if it keeps coming back, these are a few things you should look out for.
Notice: this article mostly focuses on and addresses back pain issues in young adults, although some information relating to children and teenagers will be present.
These are some of the most common symptoms that you may experience:
- Numbness and weakness
- Pain and stiffness
- Visible deformity of the spinal column
Back pain in children, as well as in teenager and young adults is most likely caused be caused by:
- Lack of physical activity
- Poor diet
- Overuse injury in young athletes
- Undiagnosed underlying conditions in young adulthood, such as ankylosis spondylitis
- Spinal compression – in young adults
The most common causes of back pain in the younger generation, that have been mentioned above, would most likely be easily treated by simply making a few lifestyle adjustments or by receiving treatment in the form of physical therapy. However, when it comes to more severe conditions, self-treatment is no substitute for professional help.
Make sure that your get the right diagnosis in order to rule out serious conditions such as congenital spine disorders or even spinal tumor.
Risk factors for young people to develop back pain include:
- Lack of physical activity
- Sitting down for long periods of time and slouching
- Engaging in strenuous sporting activities
- Carrying a heavy backpack to/from school or university
Diagnosis and Treatment
To get a diagnostic, your doctor will perform a physical exam to check for any changes in the spinal column, and if some abnormality is being detected, your might be referred to have further tests – such as a CT or MRI – to discover the exact source of the problem.
Treatment largely depends on the on the type of back pain you or suffer from, as well as the symptoms
For children and teenagers, it is best to seek medical advice from your healthcare provider in order to get tailored advice and obtain a diagnosis first. Because they are still in their growth phase, teenagers with back pain should aim to target their issue as soon as possible as to not risk having serious back problems later in life
Physical therapy might be a treatment option for you or your back-pain-suffering child, whether they are of school age or already in young adulthood.
For young adults there are more options, apart from physical therapy, although the safest and most natural way to treat back pain is still recommended. Here, the aim is to restore the natural curvature of the spine in order to regain normal function and fix back pain.
Spinal Backrack Technology
Additionally, if you want to boost the efficiency of your spinal decompression programme, we suggest using a medical device to aid your recovery. One such device is the Backrack. It is a patented class I medical device that has been carefully engineered by the brightest minds on Harley Street. Its aim is to treat the source of your back pain problems, rather than the symptoms. Given its unique structure that mimics the spine, it accurately targets your pain points, delivering great results.
Usually, back pain in youngsters is nothing to worry about as it will most likely disappear by itself. However, if it persists or if it keeps coming back, you should get a diagnosis to rule out possible serious conditions and to locate the source of the problem.
A lot of the time, lifestyle adjustments will do the trick, but sometimes back pain in the younger generation requires treatment. That’s why it’s important to be aware both of the symptoms and the risk factors of this condition, so that you can prevent it from reoccurring in the future.