A to Z Symptom: Back Painenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZSymptom-enHD-AR1.jpgBack pain is fairly common, and is often due to muscle strain or sprain. In students, wearing a heavy backpack is a common cause.back pain, sore back, back hurts, symptoms, a to z, a to a symptoms, spine, spinal, backpacks, back pack, book bag, bookbag, school bags, heaby backpacks, backpack safety, hurt back, lower back, lumbar, CD1Pain Management01/24/201303/22/201909/02/20190e9a331e-6d5e-4546-990e-63bae97dd0adhttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-symptoms-back-pain.html/<p><em>May also be called: Lumbago</em></p> <p>Back pain is fairly common, even&nbsp;in kids and teens. It can happen anywhere along the back, and might be a dull ache or a sharp, shooting pain.</p> <h3 id="a_More_to_Know">More to Know</h3> <h4>Causes</h4> <p>Back pain&nbsp;often is&nbsp;caused by muscle strain or <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/strains-sprains-sheet.html/">sprain</a>, often from an injury. Another important cause is wearing a heavy <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/backpack.html/">backpack</a>&nbsp;&mdash; this&nbsp;can affect posture and cause&nbsp;bones of the spine to press on or pinch the nerves branching out from the spinal cord.</p> <p><img title="muscles illustration" src="https://kidshealth.org/EN/images/illustrations/backStrain-415x233-rd4-enIL.png" alt="muscles illustration" name="4337-BACKSTRAIN_415X233_RD4_ENIL.PNG" /></p> <p>Less commonly, back pain can be caused by a <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/b-bone.html/">fracture</a> (break) in a vertebra (spine bone) or slipping of vertebrae on each other. This happens more often in kids and teens&nbsp;who engage in back-bending activities, like gymnastics.</p> <p>Stiffness and pain in the lower back, sometimes called <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-lumbago.html/">lumbago</a>, can be caused by things like&nbsp;lifting heavy objects or&nbsp;sitting in one position for too long. It usually will go away on its own within a few days or weeks. Until then, it can be managed by staying active and taking short-term medicines (<a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/acetaminophen.html/">acetaminophen</a> or <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/ibuprofen.html/">ibuprofen</a>)&nbsp;to control pain.</p> <h4>Treatment</h4> <p>Treatment, if needed, will depend on the cause of the pain. Minor pain can be eased by applying a heating pad or warm pack to the area or with gentle massage.&nbsp;</p> <p>If an overloaded backpack is to blame,&nbsp;kids and teens can reduce back strain by:</p> <ul> <li>choosing a backpack with&nbsp;two wide shoulder straps and a padded back</li> <li>not carrying more than 10% to 15% of their body weight in the pack</li> </ul> <h3 id="a_Keep_in_Mind">Keep in Mind</h3> <p>Many cases of back pain can be prevented by stretching before and after physical activities, getting regular low-impact exercise, maintaining a healthy <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/childs-weight.html/">weight</a>, and avoiding heavy lifting. But if pain lasts or is accompanied by other symptoms, call your doctor.</p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
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