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Growing Epidemic of Back Pain Among Children in Britain

In accordance with a written report in the October 22, 2002 publication of the "Guardian Unlimited" from England, back pain among children has become a growing epidemic. Professor Peter Buckle, of the University of Surrey's Robens centre for health ergonomics in Guildford England, up to 40% of schoolchildren may very well be affected. He also noted a Danish study which indicated that 51% of 13- to 16-year-olds had reported low back pain in the earlier year, in addition to a study in the north-west of England which found 24% of 11 to 14-year-olds had reported backache in the earlier month.

In response the British Chiropractic Association (BCA), is recommending that parents bring their kids in to see chiropractors. Dr. Stephen Hughes, a member of the BCA says, "It's something I'm seriously concerned about." "The critical concern is that these children are still growing, and they're already experiencing difficulties. The spine is incredibly resilient and typically it can endure plenty of wear and tear over several years before it actually starts to hurt. When you're getting real pain in a child this means there's already likely to be some considerable inflammation - so by the time you go see them, you already know a problem truly exists.

The article blames several causes for the back problems in kids. They mention the extended hours sitting at desks, insufficient physical exercise, carrying heavy loads of books and working at computers for very long periods as a few of the possible culprits. In accordance with the article the suggested remedies for this situation include encouraging children to play sport outside of school along with trying to find opportunities for active family pursuits such as walking, cycling, swimming, and a chiropractic spinal checkup.

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