Pediatric Imaging: Back Pain in Children: Introduction and Educational ObjectivesBack 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.
To learn a diagnostic algorithm for the workup of a child with back pain
To learn the differential diagnosis for children with back pain
To learn the imaging appearance of various causes of back pain in children