We all know that a car accident, slip and fall or work comp injury can cause back pain. According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, an estimated 75 to 85 percent of all Americans will experience some form of back pain during their lifetime. About 50 percent of all patients who suffer from an episode of low back pain will have a recurrent episode within one year.
Another cause of back pain will be filling the halls very soon – school backpacks. ABC Action News reports that healthcare officials are becoming increasingly concerned that heavy backpacks could have school children hurting now and later in life. The reports states that a BioMed study done last year showed that backpacks weighing more than 10% of your child’s body weight could be painful.
There are things that can be done to reduce back pain caused by backpacks. Here are a few suggested by ABC Action News:
Changing from textbooks to digital textbooks and carrying a reader (iPad, nook, etc.) instead.
- Bringing only the books for that class with you – leave others in locker or home.
- Ask the teacher if the textbook is needed during class or if it can be left at home for study.
- Using a rolling backpack instead of one carried on your shoulder.
- Always use both straps. Using just one strap can cause a shift in weight that could result on back pain.
- Pack heavy items like textbooks closest to body.
Last year, my 10-year-old son had a significantly heavy backpack, and no, it wasn’t only because of his lunch. No telling what fifth grade will bring, but we will do what we can to make sure that his backpack is not the cause of his back pain.
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