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Backpack Use and Back Pain in School Children

Most experts believe backpack use in school children contributes to back pain. In a recent study of over 1,000 children aged 12 to 18, children completed a questionnaire developed to determine the link between backpacks and back pain. According to the results, heavy use of backpacks and/or heavily loaded backpacks (as compared to the child’s body weight) significantly increases the likelihood of back pain. If your child frequently uses a backpack, excessively loads his or her backpack, or is experiencing back and/or neck pain, contact our office. We can help get your child out of pain and teach him or her the essentials of safe backpacking.

Source: Spine 2003;28.