As adults, we get used to a variety of daily or near-daily aches and pains, particularly as we age. But what about our children? Don't they seem immune to many, if not all, of the pain complaints we have – despite the fact that for the most part, they're exponentially more active?
Maybe not. A study
of schoolchildren ages 12-15 revealed a startling statistic: More than
half (57 percent) reported experiencing back pain in the past year. As
you might expect, "remaining seated at school" was a primary pain
trigger, particularly for back pain lasting up to seven days.
These findings not only point to the universality of back pain – and
the need for it to be addressed by qualified health care professionals
such as doctors of chiropractic; but also the need to recognize and
avoid situations that may increase the risk of experiencing an episode
of back pain.
For example, evidence implicates ergonomic flaws both in the school and
workplace (desk / chair height, etc.) in back pain, not to mention
carpal tunnel syndrome, neck pain and other conditions. What's more, the
act of sitting
alone creates undue stress on the spinal column and encourages poor
posture whether at school, work or home, a major initiator of back pain
and related conditions.
If anyone in your family is suffering from back pain, do something
about it. Talk to your doctor about the potential causes and solutions.