Monday, August 22, 2016

Backpacks and Back Pain in Kids

Would you believe about two-thirds of kids have back pain? It’s true. In one study, 64% of kids complained of back pain. One common reason for this is that backpacks are too heavy. 

How heavy is too heavy? A researcher asked 3,500 students in a study and found that carrying more than 20% of their body weight in a backpack led to more back problems.

If your child is having back pain, weigh their backpack with their books in it. If it’s more than 20% of their body weight, take out some books. You can also try a rolling backpack. If your child protests, call our office at (909) 598-2111. I can see if their spine is in line and write a note to their school for a locker or extra set of books.

To Prevent Injuring Your Child’s Back...

  • Use rolling backpacks. (Yeah, I know. No one wants to be the nerd with a rolling backpack but it works.)
  • Wear backpacks on both shoulders.
  • Pull the shoulder straps snug.

  • Choose backpacks ending above the waist, with padded shoulder straps and a belt.

  • Place heavier books closest to the back.

  • Bend your knees when lifting the backpack.

  • Carry only what's necessary each day.