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Back Pain in the Young Child and Adolescent

A Case-Based Guide

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  • Clinical case examples provide a practical, hands-on guide to assessing pediatric back pain for the primary care practitioner
  • Authoritative and comprehensive, this title covers the evaluation of a child with discussion of some of the more common conditions
  • Authored by leaders in the field

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About this book

Back pain is a common musculoskeletal condition that presents to physicians in the primary care office, the urgent care facility, and the emergency room. However, few  primary care physicians have received education and training about the appropriate workup and referral for a child who presents with back pain. This book is designed to fill the gaps in primary care physician knowledge and ultimately improve patient care.


This book is divided into three major sections. The first section contains seven introductory chapters on epidemiology, anatomy of the spine, imaging studies, clinical considerations, general history questions, and physical examination pearls of the child with back pain. This section gives an overview of common back pain problems and provides instructions on how to best perform a history and examination of the pediatric patient with back pain.  Classic historical and examination findings are highlighted that can lead to a focused differential diagnosis, successful treatment and appropriate referral.  Recognition of the red flags in the history and physical keep the clinician ‘out of trouble‘.  This section concludes with a chapter that guides physicians in "putting it all together". 


The second section is the largest section of the book and contains 25 case based chapters organized by major presenting clinical features. Each chapter has a similar structure and includes red flags of the history and the physical, case examples, clinical pearls, and editor comments.  Cases vary from common presentations of back pain such as back pain related to back packs to rare presentations of back pain such as back pain stemming from tuberculosis.


The third and final section of the book contains additional resources for the primary care physician, including web sites, parent handouts, and a bibliography of key articles. This section provides further information and alternative resources for the practicing clinician.


Written by experts in the field, Back Pain in the Young Child and Adolescent is a ‘must have’ resource for pediatricians, primary care physicians, and any other clinicians caring for younger patients who are experiencing back pain.


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Table of contents (32 chapters)

  1. Background

  2. Case Studies

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, USA

    Richard M. Schwend

  • Department of Orthopaedics, Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, USA

    William L. Hennrikus

About the editors

Richard M. Schwend MD FAAP

Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Musculoskeletal Science 

Children's Mercy Hospital 

Kansas City, MO, USA

William L. Hennrikus MD 

Department of Orthopedics

Penn State College of Medicine

Hershey, PA, USA

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Back Pain in the Young Child and Adolescent

  • Book Subtitle: A Case-Based Guide

  • Editors: Richard M. Schwend, William L. Hennrikus

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Medicine, Medicine (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2021

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-50757-2Published: 26 November 2020

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-50758-9Published: 25 November 2020

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XVII, 407

  • Number of Illustrations: 58 b/w illustrations, 124 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Pediatrics, Orthopedics, General Practice / Family Medicine

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