The teenage years are a time of great change both physically and physiologically. Teenagers are growing rapidly and their hormonal and nervous systems are rapidly changing and developing. Sometimes their tissues just cant keep up.
|Did you know that the frontal lobe of the brain (the bit that controls rational decision making) doesn't mature until approximately 23 years old?
We see many teenagers complaining of persistent back pain - perhaps from hours of studying or sports/dance training, concussion injuries and headaches.
Overtraining is another particularly common issue with competitive training starting earlier and earlier in life and involving a huge commitment of time each week.
Then there are all the sports that get taken to extremes and end up as YouTube 'fail' videos, often involving skateboarders face-planting or getting a harsh & intimate introduction to concrete!
And finally, there are a number of more serious diseases that tend to target the young adult or adolescent, which can have serious repercussions. In general, these will often make your son or daughter complain with other symptoms suggesting they're not quite well. These often include loss of appetite and energy, pain at rest, fever, night sweats, weight loss and nausea. Consult your GP if your child complains of any of these symptoms with back pain.