Avoid pain from backpacks this school year

Avoid pain from backpacks this school year

As kids begin the new school year, it’s important to remember that heavy backpacks can be the source of back, neck and shoulder-related pain in children and teenagers. Parents and guardians should ensure children aren’t carrying a heavy load and that backpacks are being worn correctly for proper posture and even weight distribution.
 
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in 2016, emergency departments, doctors’ offices and clinics treated 35,937 people for backpack-related injuries.
 
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) encourages children and their parents to consider safety tips to help reduce their risk of injury.
 
EXPERT ADVICE
 
“Make sure your child is only carrying the essentials to lessen their load,” said AAOS spokesperson and orthopaedic spine surgeon Joshua C. Patt, MD. “In addition to a light load, it’s important backpacks have two wide, padded shoulder straps to improve comfort and promote good posture.”
 
The AAOS recommends the following backpack safety tips:
   
Parents also can help with backpack-related matters:
  More Information about the AAOS
With more than 38,000 members, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons is the world’s largest medical association of musculoskeletal specialists. The AAOS provides educational programs for orthopaedic surgeons and allied health professionals, champions and advances the highest quality musculoskeletal care for patients, and is the authoritative source of information on bone and joint conditions, treatments and related issues. 
 
For more backpack safety tips visit, OrthoInfo.org.

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ANationinMotion.org for inspirational patient stories, and orthopaedic surgeon tips on maintaining bone and joint health, avoiding injuries, treating musculoskeletal conditions and navigating recovery.
Orthoinfo.org for patient information on hundreds of orthopaedic diseases and conditions.
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Contact(s):
Kelly King Johnson
phone: 847-384-4033
email: king@aaos.org

Abby Watson
phone: 847-384-4036
email: watson@aaos.org