Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Kids, Backpacks and Back Pain

It’s back to school time and a lot of kids are starting to have back pain. In one study, 64% of kids reported back pain. The main culprit?  A backpack that is too heavy. 

The big question is how heavy is too heavy? A research article shed some light on this. The researcher quizzed 3,500 students and found out that those students that carried more than 20% of their body weight in a backpack had more back problems.

If your child is having back problems, weigh their backpack with their books in it. If it’s more than 20% of their body weight, try to take out some books. You can also get a rolling backpack. If that doesn’t work, call the office and bring them in for an evaluation. I can see if their spine is in line and also write a note to their school for a locker of extra set of books if necessary.

To Prevent Injuring Your Child’s Back
·        Use rolling backpacks.
·        Choose backpacks ending above the waist, with padded shoulder straps and a belt.
·        Wear backpacks on both shoulders.
·        Pull the shoulder straps snug.
·        Place heavier books closest to the back.
·        Bend your knees when lifting the backpack.
·        Get a second set of schoolbooks to keep at home.
Carry only what's necessary each day.