Adolescents and Low Back Pain

New research published in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons has shown that one of three adolescents reports some sort of low back pain. In nearly two-thirds of these patient’s, the clinical examination and imaging may not produce a clear cause for their pain.


Researchers feel this pain could be a result of a muscle strain, poor posture, too little activity, or two much activity (training) in a single or multiple sports. Different types of pain have different meanings. A dull and achy pain typically improves with rest while pain that remains after a few days or radiates would best benefit from physical therapy. Pain that also has numbness/tingling or shoots down the leg could be serious and should be dealt with quickly.
Maintaining proper posture, good core muscle strength and flexibility as well as regularly exercising and avoiding a sedentary lifestyle can help reduce the risk of back problems. A recent analysis of private insurance data adds that seeing a physical therapist (PT) first for low back pain produces a host of positive results, including lower costs, reduced probability of physician visits, and lower rates of pain killing medication prescriptions.
In most insurance cases you can see a physical therapist without the need to see a physician. Physical therapists are the experts in musculoskeletal care and return to normal mobility.

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Andrew Vertson

Andrew received his Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from California State University, Fresno in 1991. He then earned his Master’s degree of Physical Therapy in 1996 and his Doctorate degree of Physical Therapy in 2002 from Loma Linda University. In 1996 he also earned his Certification as an Athletic Trainer. He has also completed extensive post-graduate course work in orthopedic manual therapy through Kaiser-West Los Angeles and the Ola Grimsby Institute.
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