Backpack wearing tips

Could a Backpack Be the Cause of Your Child’s Back Pain?

Why Do Children Suffer from Back Pain?

Growing pains, sports, school work. What could be the at the root of your child’s back pain? Wait, could school work be the source of back pain in your child? Adults are not the only ones who suffer from back pain. Children can also suffer from back pain and one of the contributing factors may very well be their heavy backpacks. Here are some tips from Henderson Chiropractor, Dr. Alexis Noggle, on how to prevent pain associated with improper backpack wearing.

 

5 Tips for Prevent Back Pain from Backpacks

  1. Start with a quality backpack. You will want to be sure it has a sternum strap and at least minimal padding on the shoulder straps and lower back areas. This will prevent the bag from digging into your child’s body.
  2. Heavier items should be closest to the back. By loading the heavier items closest to the back it will reduce the amount of pull creating a more natural distribution of weight.
  3. Wear both shoulder straps. Keeping weight equally distributed to both sides of the back will reduce back pain as neither side is compensating for the other.
  4. Tighten the shoulder straps. Once the backpack is on both shoulders you should tighten the straps to keep the backpack snug and riding above the waist line.
  5. Weigh your backpack and your child. A backpack should only weigh a total of 10 percent of your child’s body weight. This means if your child weighs 70 pounds their backpack should weigh no more than 7. This may be unrealistic, but an overweight backpack could cause your child to bend forward in order to compensate for the additional weight. Over time this could cause back pain.