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Nearly 40% of Youth Have Back Pain

Wednesday, 29 October 2008 09:28

How prevalent is back pain among school-aged youth? To find out, researchers surveyed 481 children, aged 8 to 10 years, and 325 adolescents, aged 14 to 16 years. All subjects were students in Denmark.

Findings showed that "The 1-month prevalence of back pain was 39%. Thoracic pain is most common in childhood, whereas thoracic pain and lumbar pain are equally common in adolescence. Neck pain and pain in more than one area of the spine are rare in both age groups. No gender differences were found."

In addition to obesity, children who watched Tv for longer hours had an increased risk of headache, back pain, eye symptoms and sleep problems were found to be more often among children who watched television longer.

Wedderkopp N, Leboeuf-Yde C, Andersen LB, Froberg K, Hansen HS   Back pain reporting pattern in a Danish population-based sample of children and adolescents   Spine 2001 (Sep 1);   26 (17):   1879-1883