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A curved spine is Scoliosis. Carrying a heavy backpack can cause chronic back, neck and shoulder pain in your children, and can be a source of chronic, low level trauma. There is no evidence that the two are related, so far.
A Curved Spine
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For our kids, is carrying heavy backpacks causing health problems? Especially if they are carrying their backpack on only one shoulder or/and they have to walk to school, it might be causing problems if they are carrying more than ten to twenty percent of their body weight in their backpack.
Seems to be fading is the fashion of carrying a backpack on only one shoulder. Instead of a single shoulder, most students have their backpacks strapped over both shoulders.
One Shoulder Backpack
Does back pain exist for your child?
Does she walk bent over to the side?
Does she complain of tingling and numbness in her hands or arms?
Does she or he carry more than ten to twenty percent of their body weight in the pack?
You might want to, if you answered yes to all or any of these questions:
A Hip Belt
Get Your Child Examined
Back pain is not as common in younger children and may be a sign of a more serious problem, such as an infection or tumor, a sport's injury, diskitis, disk herniation, or spondylolysis, though it is becoming more common in older adolescents. Don't always assume that your child's back pain is caused by a heavy backpack.
A Sport's Injury
Sources: Leffert RD - Orthopedic Clin North Am - 01-Apr-2000; 31(2): 331-45
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