A TEEN has tragically passed away after her back pain turned out to be a rare form of cancer. Elisha Furneaux, 17, had just started a new job as a trainee nursery nurse and her family thought that might be to blame for her pain. But after it refused to settle down, they took Elisha, from Gwynedd, Wales, to their GP who prescribed her painkillers. And after they didn't seem to work, medics decided that the teen should have an X-ray to find out exactly what was going on. Her results confirmed that Elisha didn't have a slipped disc or a back injury - she had a rare form of cancer called undifferentiated soft tissue sarcoma. Heartbroken mum Emma said: "Before she got the results from the X-ray, Elisha collapsed at home as the tumour had broken through her vertebrae and was in her spine.
The topic of teen back pain brings to mind many bad memories for me personally, since I first suffered with severe acute lower back pain at the age of I did not do anything to hurt my back that I can recall, yet the pain was unbelievable and started me on a long journey into the back pain treatment industry, which has lasted my entire adult life. In fact, my experience with back ache has shaped my life journey more than any other single factor. As I have researched and written this site, I realize that back pain in teenagers is actually a very big and widespread problem, so I decided it was time for a dedicated article on the subject. Teens are very active, often involved in sports or other strenuous pastimes.
Back pain is a well-known source of discomfort in adults, but it is also being diagnosed more frequently in children and adolescents. Most parents don't expect otherwise healthy children to complain of back pain—a problem people generally associate as an ailment of the middle-aged or later years. However, the truth is that back pain is very common in children and adolescents.
An upcoming school year means pens, pencils, notebooks, and other essentials that fit into a new backpack. While manufacturers often focus on style, sizes, and what you can carry, good backpacks should also be designed for optimal back support. Tablets or other e-devices replacing heavy books at many schools means less stuff to carry.