Kids' Spinal Health: Care Tips11/08/2011Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc often is asked, "Doctor, should my children be checked for spinal problems?" from concerned parents. We say "yes." Prevention is always the best type of treatment. As a parent, you want to know about any conditions in your child's spine that may cause pain, so you can do all you can to prevent or control it. Did you know that there is a relationship between deconditioned teenagers and lower back pain? Juvenile disc degeneration in adolescents and young adults between 13 and 20 years was strongly correlated with a state of being overweight, low back pain, increased low back pain intensity, and [[diminished]] physical and social functioning. Furthermore, an elevated body mass index (BMI) was significantly associated with increased severity of disc degeneration. (1) So, looking at the importance of such "juvenile" disc degeneration, you might wonder what long-term outcome this might bring to a child here in Fort Wayne. Well, consider this: Researchers write that an association between the progression of cervical disc degeneration and that of lumbar disc degeneration exists. When comparing healthy volunteers to patients with disc herniations in the low back and neck, the disc herniation patients show disc degeneration. This suggests that disc degeneration appears to be a systemic phenomenon, involving the entire spine. (2) Kids in Fort Wayne are no [[different]] from the kids in this study, so let Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc check your kids out and get them on the right path to spinal health! If for no other reason than to thwart future serious spine pain, contact Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc. Trust us to select, treat and divvy out wellness tips - like exercise, nutrition, and rest - on how to constrain such spinal conditions before they become a hindrance for your kids in future years. Click here to see the references for this article. Then, we look forward to working side by side with you for your child's spinal health!« View All Spine Articles"This information and website content is not intended to diagnose, guarantee results, or recommend specific treatment or activity. It is designed to educate and inform only. Please consult your physician for a thorough examination leading to a diagnosis and well-planned treatment strategy. See more details on the DISCLAIMER page. Content is reviewed by Dr. James M. Cox I."