Frequently people who come into the office for help with some pain or difficulty they're having ask if their child might also need chiropractic care, or if spinal adjustments are useful for children in general. The answer is yes, it's always a good idea to have your child checked by a chiropractor on a regular basis. Why chiropractic care for children matters Many back, neck, joint, and bone problems and pain we have as adults today began when we were kids. Taking your child for regular chiropractic care can help prevent many challenges that might cause them difficulty, either now or in the future. Here is one interesting case study on a little boy who liked to play baseball, but was having some pain. A 13-year old boy came to our office with right lower back pain. For around two months, he reported feeling back pain when he would play baseball. He mostly felt the pain when he swung the bat, ran, and fielded\u00a0ground balls.\u00a0 Needless\u00a0to say unless he was looking to play the position\u00a0of batboy, this pain certainly wasn't going to help him excel in his favorite sport, but in fact, stand in the way of it. During initial evaluations, we noticed that he had a short leg on the right side and moderate muscle tension on the right lower back. Upon further examination, we found that both his feet were flat and the standing x-ray showed his right femur\u00a0was 8 mm shorter than the left one. The prescribed treatment? He was fitted for special orthotics that could go inside his baseball cleats and received chiropractic adjustments\u00a0and physical therapy\u00a0for four\u00a0weeks. When he came in for a re-evaluation, his leg length was equal, his pelvis was balanced, and the muscle tension on the right lower back was gone. His pain was resolved and he was back on the field playing the sport he loves.\u00a0\u00a0 The importance of this story is that most problems we have as adults result from problems that start at a young age.\u00a0 The challenge is that\u00a0most problems don't have symptoms when we are young.\u00a0They only begin to create symptoms\u00a0when they have\u00a0been there for many years and in some cases much later in life when damage has occurred to a joint or disc. It never hurts to have your child go through a comprehensive exam just to make sure they are developing the way they were designed to. By identifying difficulties early, we can treat them and often avoid painful problems later on.