How Are Young Athletes With Spine Conditions Treated?

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Spine conditions in young athletes are often treated with activity limitation, a specific exercise program, a thoracolumbar orthosis, and/or surgery. Treatment is typically based on the seriousness of the condition, amount of pain, and the desire of the young athlete to continue in sports activities. 

Significant causes of back pain that require more extensive treatment in young athletes can include spondylolisthesis, lumbar disk disorders and sacral stress fractures. Even if surgical treatment is needed, return to all sports is expected, with the occasional exception of collision sports.

Common symptoms of untreated spine conditions may include the following:

  • Lower back pain that is worse with extension-type activities
  • Pain in the center of the back
  • Pain that radiates down the leg

If your child is experiencing any of the above symptoms, contact a pediatric sports and spine specialist. Pediatric Sports & Spine, located in Grapevine, Texas, specializes in sports injuries, pediatric fractures, growth plate injuries, overuse syndrome, and scoliosis. Learn more about sports injuries in young athletes, as well as common treatment options, on their website.