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Description of the Symptom

This chapter describes possible causes of back pain in a child, including the region of the posterior body between the eighth rib and posterior superior iliac spines.

Special Concerns

  • Changes in functional mobility

  • Fever

  • Night pain, pain at rest, or unremitting pain

  • Unexplained weight loss

  • New or evolving neurological symptoms:

    • Abnormal reflexes/posturing

    • Loss of bowel and/or bladder function

    • Sensory changes

    • Radiating pain

  • Abdominal tenderness

  • Skin rash, tenderness on palpation

  • Postural changes

CHAPTER PREVIEW: Conditions That May Lead to Back Pain in a Child
Common Ages at Which Back Pain Presents in a Child

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