Does your child suffer from recurrent neck pain? Mechanical neck pain resulting from day to day activities? Which may be from poor ergonomics at school and home, extended use of iPads or laptops? This is an important article that could make the world of difference to them.
“Neck pain is the most common spinal pain in paediatric patients” (1,2)
As children are studying harder, and moving into a new generation where a lot of new technology is adopted, a lot of mechanical stress and ergonomic stress is placed on their spines. We have all heard about the “text neck” and other new age labels for issues that come about from extended use of technology.
But the good news is with correct management, mechanical neck pain issues can be minimised. In a recent literature article, where the study was a retrospective case series of 50 paediatric patients. Paediatric mechanical neck pain appears to be successfully managed by chiropractic care, with no serious adverse events. (3)
“It hurts me to see children in pain without any relief provided. As it limits the full expression of their capabilities and their enjoyment of life”
1.Mikkelsson M, Salminen JJ, Kautiainen H. Non-specific musculoskeletal pain in preadolescents. Prevalence and 1-year persistence. Pain. 1997; 73:29-35.
2. El-Metwally A, Salminen JJ, Auvinen A, Macfarlane G, Mikkelsson M. Risk factors for development of non- specific musculoskeletal pain in preteens and early adolscents: a prospective 1-year follow-up study. BMC Musculoskeletal Disord. 2007;8:46.
3. Cox, J., Davidian, C. and Mior, S., 2016. Neck pain in children: a retrospective case series. The Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association, 60(3), p.212.
Neck pain is one of the most common reasons people come and see a chiropractor. This doesn’t seem surprising when you consider that the annual prevalence of neck pain is up to 50%, and that then 50-85% of those with neck pain will have recurrent or persistent pain for as long as 5 years (1).
It blows my mind that someone can put themselves through pain for that long! Yet, we see it nearly every day when seeing a chiropractor is their last resort. “I have tried everything else” or “they want to operate; do I need surgery?”.
Sometimes this delay in trying chiropractic care is due to fear, or the belief that it is dangerous. This just isn’t the case, studies have shown that not only is it safe compared to a lot of other treatment options, but that it is often a better treatment option that medications (2, 3, 4).
As for the need for surgery, it really should be the last resort (5). It has been shown that patients with cervical (neck) disk herniations treated with chiropractic adjustments can improve, and the sooner it is treated, the faster the outcome (6).
So, if you are reading this, and you have neck pain, or know someone who does, stop putting it off and get it checked out!
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The Drs and Staff of Little Sprouts Chiropractic