Whether it’s back to school time for your child, or you’re planning a long hike, check out these helpful tips to ensure you know how to safely wear a backpack and promote good posture and spinal health.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Can backpacks cause long-term back problems?
Backpacks themselves can do no damage. Using them improperly can.
My back and neck hurt after wearing my backpack. What should I do?
If you are a child, alert a parent or guardian about your back pain. Pain is a signal to the body that something is wrong. Check the backpack safety steps above to see if you are following them correctly.
I have too many books to carry. What should I do?
Lighten your load by removing unnecessary items. Carry a heavy book or two under your arm, rather than in your pack.
Content provided by the Deaconess Riley Children’s Services www.deaconess.com/riley
Sources: Backpack Safety America
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