Are Backpacks Causing Back Pain In Children?

Here Are Seven Ways You Can Prevent This From Happening To Your Child

It’s back to school time again, and with that comes shopping for new clothes, new shoes, and perhaps, a new backpack.The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) Database estimated that more than 23,000 backpack-related injuries were treated at hospital emergency rooms, doctors’ offices, and clinics in 2007.

When picking out that backpack this year, remember these tips to help you make safer choices for your kids.

1) Look for well-padded straps to protect the nerves and blood vessels of the neck and shoulders.

2) Look for a waist belt – this belt will help keep the load distributed evenly.

3) Explain that both straps should be used to keep the pack straight and not slung over one shoulder.

4) The pack should rest flat against your child’s back, and two inches below the shoulder blades and extend to waist level.

5) The backpack should never weigh more than 15 percent of the child’s total body weight.

6) Place the heaviest items (largest books) closest to the back of the backpack (closest to the spine).

7) Make sure that items in the backpack do not slide around.

If you would like more information on how physical and/or occupational therapy can help with backpack-related injuries or to make an appointment, please contact any one of the locations listed below.

Rehabilitation Services:
ECHN Rehabilitation Services at Manchester Memorial Hospital, 860.647.6485

ECHN Rehabilitation Services at Rockville General Hospital, 860.872.5261

The Rehab Center at Big Sky Fitness, 860.649.3369

ECHN Rehabilitation Services at the Ellington Y, 860.871.1078

ECHN Rehabilitation Services at the Glastonbury Wellness Center, 860.652.3181

ECHN Rehabilitation Services at Evergreen Walk, 860. 533.4670

Please note that ECHN’s physical therapy services are covered by Medicare, Medicaid, CIGNA, Blue Cross, ConnectiCare, Aetna, and other carriers.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 
is National School Backpack Awareness Day.