Daily Exercise and Education Reduce Episodes of Low Back Pain in Children

A new study published in the Physical Therapy Journal (PTJ) revealed that regular exercise programs reduce low back pain episodes in children between the ages of 8 and 11. Over the course of the study, researchers noted that children who received instruction about spine health and incorporated spine exercises into their daily routines experienced fewer low back pain episodes than those who only received education. To read more about this study, click here.

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Study Identifies Musculoskeletal Abnormalities Specific to Obese Teens

According to a recent study examining teen obesity and weight loss surgery, severely obese teens are more prone to a specific set of musculoskeletal abnormalities and experience functional difficulties while performing routine tasks. Although there is not much existing research on how teen obesity affects the musculoskeletal system, the findings in this study demonstrate “the potential long-term functional consequences of severe obesity early in life.” Find out more about how obesity affects teens’ musculoskeletal systems here.


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