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Back to School and Back Pain

Back to School and Back Pain

Atlanta chiropractors as well as other chiropractors across the country are warning parents as kids go back to school. Most parents aren’t aware that their kids may be facing an issue that has nothing to do with academics.

It is estimated that over 20 million students across the country will go back to school carrying backpacks that are too heavy. Too much weight can cause a serious risk to youth wearing those heavy backpacks.

In a recent study, the American Chiropractic Association discovered that young children are suffering from back pain earlier than past generations due to poorly fitted, heavy backpacks. This problem could also lead to poor posture, headaches, and many other health problems.

In general, a backpack should be used with both straps and they should be wide and cushioned for maximum comfort. The backpack should also not exceed 15 percent of the body weight of the carrier, especially if he or she is small.

It is also important to note that the backpack should be lifted with the knees bent and lifted with the legs to avoid any injury to the back.

Some kids have followed the popular trend of wearing their backpacks over just one shoulder. This can be a dangerous habit which could lead to a misalignment of the spine.

As your local Atlanta chiropractor, we at the Atlanta Spine Center urge you to help your children get a backpack that fits them well and will not cause them discomfort during the school year.

Atlanta: 404.575.1300


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