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Is your child's achy back more than just growing pains?

from Medical News Today

According to a new literature review in the January issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, it's becoming more common for children and adolescents to seek medical care for back pain. Even with expensive, advanced tests like MRI scans, doctors may not be able to find the exact cause for the pain. "If your history, physical exam or simple tests reveal a diagnosis or problem, this can be treated early and you will probably be able to return to your activities or sport," says lead study author and orthopaedic surgeon Suken A. Shah, M.D., division chief at Nemours Spine and Scoliosis Center, Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. For nearly 2/3 of adolescent patients, clinical physical examination and imaging may not produce clear cause for their back pain. more


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