CHIROPRACTIC CARE CAN HELP
This new back pain trend among youngsters isn't surprising when you consider the disproportionate amounts of weight they carry in their backpacks-often slung over just one shoulder. According to Dr. Bautch, a recent study conducted in Italy found that the average child carries a backpack that would be the equivalent of a 39-pound burden for the average adult man, or a 29-pound load for the average adult woman. Of those children in the study who carried heavy backpacks to school, 60 percent had experienced back pain as a result.
Back pain is pervasive among American adults, but a new and disturbing trend is emerging. Young children are suffering from back pain much earlier than pervious generations, and the use of overweight backpacks is a contributing factor, according to American Chiropractic Association (ACA). In fact, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that backpack-related injuries sent more than 7,000 people to the emergency room in 2001 alone.
AVOID PAIN FROM BACKPACK USE
PATIENT INFORMATION FROM THE AMERICAN CHIROPRACTIC ASSOCIATION