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October 2018


My son is 14 years of age and he is complaining of lower back pain. Does it have something to do with growing pains of is the need to worry?

- Bernadine - South Africa (Parent)



Low back pain is not an uncommon complaint in teenagers, for example after something as normal as poor posture lifting a heavy item. It could also stem from an injury or sport related stresses to the back.

Growing pain is unrelated. It typically is in young children, causes pain after active days, is usually both legs, and is better with simple treatment as a warm bath or massage.

I would recommend starting with your pediatrician.

- Salih Marangoz, MD, FEBOT


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