Are you having back pain with any of the following?

  • Severe pain, weakness or tingling in your leg(s).
  • Difficulty stopping urination or loss of control of bladder or bowels.
  • Unexplained fever, nausea or vomiting.
  • A history of cancer or unexplained weight loss.

We understand that you are experiencing one or more of the health issues that might be impacting your back pain.

We recommend that you discuss these health issues with your doctor before proceeding with this program.

Once you are cleared by your doctor to do this program, we hope it helps you find relief from your back pain.

Adolescent Care: What Parents Need to Know

Teen Visits

We want to partner with you to support your teen’s healthy transition to adulthood.  

Your teen’s care may be provided by a pediatrician or family medicine doctor. If your teen would like to see an adolescent medicine specialist, we can connect you with one in your area. 

You can help your teen:

  • Schedule well-check visits every 1 to 2 years.
  • Keep up with recommended immunizations.

We see teens privately for all or part of the appointment. Teens – like most adults – prefer to talk about personal information privately with their doctor. 

We also want to know about your questions and concerns. When you need time to talk with the doctor at your teen's appointment, please: 

  • Let the medical assistant or nurse know that you have questions. 
  • Ask them to make sure there will be time for the doctor to talk with you.


In most cases, teens need permission from a parent or guardian to see a doctor or nurse practitioner. For example, Kaiser Permanente needs your permission to care for your teen’s sore throat or perform a physical exam for sports. 

However, children age 12 and older can see a health care practitioner without parental permission for these confidential issues:

  • Pregnancy prevention
  • Unwanted pregnancy
  • Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
  • Alcohol or drug use
  • Personal, school, or family issues

California state law ensures that teens have safe ways to get help with these serious concerns. We always encourage teens to talk with a parent or another trusted adult. 

To learn more about teen privacy and how we partner with parents to keep teens healthy, please see our Parent’s Guide.

Connect with Your Teen's Doctor

You and your teen have access to important online health tools.

Once you’re approved as a caregiver, you will be able to email your teen’s doctor. For your teen, you’ll also be able to:

  • Refill prescription medications.
  • Keep track of immunizations.
  • View most test results.

Teens age 13 and older can sign up for their own online accounts. 

Due to online privacy protections, teens and parents can’t view information from past health visits.

When you want to keep information strictly private between you and your teen's doctor, please contact the doctor by telephone rather than email. 

To set up caregiver access, please see our Managing Your Family’s Health web page.

Growth and Change

Teens go through major physical and emotional growth and change as they move toward adulthood. Normally they want more independence and privacy. 

Many teens are much more interested in hanging out with friends than in being around their parents. Normal teen behavior also includes:

  • Making new best friends based on shared interests, such as music, sports, art, or computers.
  • Exploring identity by trying out different clothes, hairstyles, friends, and interests.
  • Spending more time alone, for example, by listening to music in their room.
  • Having mixed feelings about "breaking away" from parents. 
  • Acting out or expressing emotional pain. Some irritability, anger, or sadness is normal. Help your teen learn to cope with new emotions. Be aware that negative emotions may also signal something more serious.
  • Pushing limits – especially limits set by adults – at school, home, or with friends. 

We Can Help

Our pediatricians, family doctors, and nurse practitioners know about common teen behavior. We can help you understand how teens' minds and bodies change as they move toward adulthood. We encourage you to take advantage of the teen health resources we offer. 

We look forward to seeing your teen and you for well-check visits, immunizations, and any time your teen needs care.

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If you have an emergency medical condition, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital. An emergency medical condition is any of the following: (1) a medical condition that manifests itself by acute symptoms of sufficient severity (including severe pain) such that you could reasonably expect the absence of immediate medical attention to result in serious jeopardy to your health or body functions or organs; (2) active labor when there isn't enough time for safe transfer to a Plan hospital (or designated hospital) before delivery, or if transfer poses a threat to your (or your unborn child's) health and safety, or (3) a mental disorder that manifests itself by acute symptoms of sufficient severity such that either you are an immediate danger to yourself or others, or you are not immediately able to provide for, or use, food, shelter, or clothing, due to the mental disorder.

This information is not intended to diagnose health problems or to take the place of specific medical advice or care you receive from your physician or other health care professional. If you have persistent health problems, or if you have additional questions, please consult with your doctor. If you have questions or need more information about your medication, please speak to your pharmacist. Kaiser Permanente does not endorse the medications or products mentioned. Any trade names listed are for easy identification only.