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My 4y.O has freq neck pain-noticed most on days she has pt where they work on heel-cord tightness. Her MRI ruled out tethered cord. Could it be wrong?

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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree

In brief: Very unlikely

But have the doctors assessed her upper spine.
Most of these kids have a natural level of inflexibility which hurts when overuse of the muscles occurs, such as during therapy. A rare condition such as a vertebral anomaly or a chiari malformation may cause such symptoms.Unfortunately, space limitations prevents an explanation, but ask your pediatrician.

In brief: Very unlikely

But have the doctors assessed her upper spine.
Most of these kids have a natural level of inflexibility which hurts when overuse of the muscles occurs, such as during therapy. A rare condition such as a vertebral anomaly or a chiari malformation may cause such symptoms.Unfortunately, space limitations prevents an explanation, but ask your pediatrician.
Dr. Mark Diamond
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Dr. Willa Terry
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Symptom management

Assuming your child is not currently ill with fever or sore throat, and/ or there has been no recent history of trauma, most neck pain in children this age is due to a muscle spasm called torticollis.
Massage, plus stretching exercises may help relieve head and neck pain. A tethered cord has other symptoms that may include gait abnormalities and bowel and bladder dysfunction.

In brief: Symptom management

Assuming your child is not currently ill with fever or sore throat, and/ or there has been no recent history of trauma, most neck pain in children this age is due to a muscle spasm called torticollis.
Massage, plus stretching exercises may help relieve head and neck pain. A tethered cord has other symptoms that may include gait abnormalities and bowel and bladder dysfunction.
Dr. Willa Terry
Dr. Willa Terry
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