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Back Pain In Children
My Child's Back Hurts or Are They At Risk?

Children can/will play and do certain movements and actions instantly...they don't think anything of going into a full split or running at breakneck speed without warm up, jumping from a high location or even popping their joints to impress their friends for fun.

Actually, back pain is pretty common in children, especially as they develop from child to adult, and the common causes/factors are:

If your child has been reporting of back pain that doesn't seem to go away (or persist more than a week), and especially if the back pain is often in the same location, please them them to see a doctor as soon as they can, or connect with us to see our back and neck specialist physiotherapists.

You see, it's very very important to quickly diagnose, assess and treat back pain in children because if left untreated, there is a moderate to high risk that they may become adults with long term back pain, which can be quite debilitating.

That's why it's very important to teach our children good back care and back management as soon as they can understand.

what are the Causes of back pain in children?

Sometimes back pains can be clearly attributed to a single incident (these are moreso easily managed) but unfortunately, the worst kinds of back pains are the vague ambiguous kinds, the "there-maybe-there-maybe-there" and the ongoing-ache types, which seems to be caused by a number of factors that work together over time.

The simple minor back pains and injuries due to muscle spasms from overuse due to sports/activities are ok, those are mild and quick to recovery (this is because muscles are rich with blood, which are full of nutrients, and this accelerates healing).

That being said, if the same muscles are being injured again and again, or the muscles aren't fully healed yet and yet re-injured again, it will cause other muscles (including other back muscles) to compensate for the healed/weakened muscles functions.

Over time, this will cause and lead to a build up of fatigue, pain, overuse, and eventually lead to postural change and more compensation. A vicious cycle begins.

Poor posture will further aggravate back pain in our children.

A child who has a painful back will tend to avoid being active, avoid moving around, avoid contact, and this lack of mobility and exercise leads to more sedentary activities and this weakens the muscles and cause more imbalance and compensation, which all leads to more back pain in the medium to long term unfortunately.

Back pain aggravating factors:

  • Gender, (back pain is more common in females than males)
  • Age (children who are 12 years and over experience significantly more back pain than younger children)
  • Overweight
  • Poor posture / poor postural habits
  • Carrying heavy schoolbags on one shoulder or in one hand often
  • Incorrectly packed backpacks (lopsided, uneven weight)
  • Sedentary or inactive lifestyle, such as preference to watch television or sitting in front of the computer
  • Spinal injuries caused by vigorous sports such as basketball, rugby, football or horseriding, flexibility-dependent sports such as gymnastics or dance, and power sports such as weightlifting or rowing
  • Soft tissue injuries, such as strains and sprains
  • Competitive sports that requires consistent intense training

Medical conditions that can cause back pain in children

If you find that your child complains of persistent/consistent back pain, please bring them to the doctor for a scan/check up; or you can bring them to us to see our back and neck specialist physiotherapist.

More often than not, back pain usually is due to soft tissue strain such as

  • muscle pull
  • ligament strain

though sometimes, back pain can be caused my medical conditions that will require medical treatment:

  • Injuries to their bones and joints – such as compression fractures and spinal disc injuries
  • Fibromyalgia – more common in adults, but this chronic pain disorder can also occur in adolescents, causing back and neck pain, with muscle spasm and fatigue
  • Sciatica – pain radiating down the buttock and leg, caused by compression of the sciatic nerve
  • Scheuermann’s disease – refers to a growth disorder within the spine bone, which may cause/lead/aggravate curvature of the spine (kyphosis)
  • Idiopathic scoliosis – sideways curvature of the spine with an unknown cause, and usually not painful. Any persistent pain associated with a fixed curvature must be investigated
  • Spondylosis – refers to a structural defect in the vertebrae. Certain activities may increase risk of pain, for example, hyper-extending back and neck during gymnastics.

physiotherapy treatments for back pain

Patients may also receive the following physiotherapy treatment modalities:

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Patients who sustained injuries to their elbows, forearms, hands, wrists (sprains and fractures) and fingers, usually will benefit / require Hand Therapy to

  1. manage and decrease hand pains
  2. improve range of motion, strength and dexterity
  3. increase the function of their hand following injuries or post-operations

Commonly treated hand pain injuries includes


Clinical Pilates is a form of physical exercise that focuses on posture, core stability, balance, control, strength, flexibility and breathing.

It is a system of safe and effective exercises, which meet specific individual needs, to treat a wide range of injuries and conditions.

You may do Pilates as matwork or with the reformer or both, and every session will be customized 100% to your fitness, injury and tolerance.


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Sports and deep tissue release massage helps to increase nutrient-rich blood flow to tired, tight and tense muscles to accelerate recovery and  shorten downtime / recovery period required.

It also prevents muscles from scar tissue micro-tears (and potential ruptures), and increases muscle performance. Having regular deep tissue and sports massage will keep your muscles healthy and fit with body/movement-confidence.

Read the benefits of regular deep tissue release therapy here.


All our allied health therapists and TCM physicians are fully insured and registered with Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC) and Traditional Chinese Medicine Board (TCMB).

See our entire team here with introductions and their specializations.

At the first session, our specialist physiotherapists will carry out a thorough assessment, helping them to select the most appropriate treatment to help you recover as well as provide treatment in the same session.

Follow up sessions are inline to provide expert treatment for your pain as well as prescribing specific exercises to reduce your risk of re-injury and giving you a long term solution.

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