The school year is beginning. Thousands of families are shopping for the coolest backpack.
Yet doctors recently found something shocking about back-to-school back pain.
In a study of 5318 healthy students aged 6 to 19, over 60% reported back pain due to schoolbag use. So says Irene Aprile, M.D., from the Don Carlo Gnocchi Foundation.
If your child has back pain, talk to your doctor. And talk to one of our licensed therapists.
The researchers found that adolescent teen girls faced a greater and more severe risk of intense pain than boys.
The pain appeared regardless of the amount of weight in the backpack.
However, the amount of time they carried the backpack seems to be the strongest reason for the pain.
More studies will have to prove this – but there’s a problem, for sure.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission documented over 13,000 backpack-related injuries in a recent year for kids aged 5-18. These included a variety of acute pains, sprains, muscle spasms, stress fractures, inflammation and nerve injuries.
The Spine Institute of Central Florida makes these recommendations:
Backpacks should have:
And for all you adults with a messenger bag slung over your shoulder…listen up! These guidelines apply to you too.
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by Sarah Shropshire
LMT, Essential Oil and Business Consultant