BACKPACKS AND BACK PAIN IN CHILDREN

Millions of children each year carry backpacks full of books and materials. Parents should be aware that too much weight in the back can cause back pain in their children.  If your children have these problems, taking them to a chiropractor can help

THE WEIGHT OF THE BAG CAN:

  • Distort the natural curves in the spathe and lower half, causing muscle tension and irritation of the joints of the spine and rib cage.
  • Contribute to the rounding of the shoulders.

The muscles are striving to offset uneven weight, the column leans toward the opposite side, emphasizing the middle of the back, ribs and lower back, more on one side than the other. This muscle imbalance can cause muscle tension, muscle spasms and back pain in the short term and accelerate the development of back problems if not corrected.

A heavy backpack can pull the neck muscles, which contributes to headaches, shoulder pain, arm pain and low back pain.

MEDICAL STUDIES IN BAGS INDICATE:

  • The back pain is caused by backpacks for short term, but if the pain persists has to be evaluated by the doctor.
  • Limit the weight of the backpack to 10-15% of body weight of the child, if the child is feeling the same that means the backpack is not the cause of the spinal deformity.
  • There is little chance that a child is permanently injured by carrying a heavy backpack.