I am often asked “Should my kids come in to start seeing a chiropractor?” or “How old do my kids need to be in order to come in and see a chiropractor?” The short answer is Yes! It’s never too early to start seeing a chiropractor. Here are my tips when it comes to kids:
1. Do my kids need to come in to see a chiropractor? Many of the kids that come to this office are active and engaged in school and club sports. Chiropractic care is great for these kids. It keeps them out of pain and on the field (or court). I also see a lot of kids that are starting to develop back pain from the heavy backpacks and from sitting in hard school chairs all day. This is another great situation where chiropractic care can make a huge difference.
2. What are some of the common conditions we see here in this office? Kids are constantly going through changes, whether it's a growth spurt, a new diet or hormone changes. This can cause things like growing pains in the knees, ankles and low back, Osgood Schlatter's in some of the athletes, and changes in how they sleep. In this chiropractic office, if we find a condition that we can’t treat (like a fracture), we will make sure to refer them to the specialist that can get them the care they need.
3. Should kids keep up with maintenance care? Absolutely! Maintenance care is a great way to stay ahead of any overuse injuries or a growth spurt. It helps keep any minor issues from snowballing out of control.