Back pain in younger age groups can be caused by;
- Carrying excessive weight to and from or around school
- A poorly fitted backpack or School Bag
- An Inappropriate Backpack or School Bag (too big/small, Poor straps/support etc)
Poorly fitted or Improper Use of School Bags can lead to:
- Stress Fractures
- Neck, Middle or Lower Back pain,
- Shoulder pain,
What Can You Do?
- Choosing an appropriate school bag,
- have it fitted correctly
- and ensure it is being worn properly
How to Choose a School Bag
Choose a backpack:
- Two even straps that can be adjusted. Bags with one strap can cause injury to the shoulder, back and neck from uneven loads.
- If possible choose one with a Moulded Frame an an adjustable Waist Strap. It is far better to have the weight on the hips and pelvis than going through the spine. (like a bushwalking pack)
- Fits your child and is appropriate to their body size. ie. rests against their middle back. Avoid bags that are wider than your child or sit below the waist.
- Straps and the back of the pack should be padded and wideenough to distribute the weight of the bag more evenly.
- The width of the bag should not be to far from the back ie. choose a slim pack
How to Use a School Bag
- Always use the two should straps
- Always pack the heaviest items at the bottom of the pack
- Never overload the pack (maximum 2/5 of body weight)
- Never Carry anything but what you need for that day
- Never Carry the pack for prolonged periods of time (more than 30 minutes)
For more information please Contact Us or ask your Physiotherapist