With kids heading back to school in the coming weeks, it’s the perfect time to assess the backpack they carry, how they carry it and to ensure that potential problems are avoided.
We see a significant number of children at our clinic who suffer from back pain and other postural issues as a result of carrying heavy backpacks.
It’s deeply concerning, as the type of injuries shouldn’t be occurring at such a young age, but are happening due to the heavy load children are carrying these days.
What’s the solution?
The way you pack a backpack is important, by keeping the heavier books closer to the spine and light ones further away – this may help lighten the load.
Selecting the right backpack for your child is vital. Ideally find one that has padded shoulder straps which are adjustable, a waist strap, a padded back, compartments to keep everything in their places and the right size for your child. Ensure the backpack sits flush against their back, not too high or too low and the waist strap is used. Backpacks should always be carried on both shoulders.
If the problem is not addressed while children are still young they could potentially face an unfortunate lifetime of chronic back pain.
If you’re concerned, it’s best to make an appointment with an Osteopath, bring in the backpack and your child to be assessed to prevent injuries through the year.