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Pediatric Imaging: Back Pain in Children: Introduction and Educational Objectives Back Pain in Children

Introduction and Educational Objectives

Michael P. D'Alessandro, M.D.
Peer Review Status: Internally Peer Reviewed


A commonly held belief in pediatrics is that back pain in children is rare, and its presence almost always heralds a serious underlying disorder. In reality, this belief only holds true in the prepubertal child, in whom back pain is rare, and if present often has a serious underlying cause. In adolescent children, chronic back pain may be found in up to 13% of them, but the underlying cause is often a sports induced injury. The job of the family practitioner or pediatrician seeing a child with back pain is to distinguish the serious from the non serious causes of back pain.

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