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With the back-to-school routine in full swing, it’s time to leave the carefree days of summer behind and get back into the routine. For many kids and teenagers, that means long days—and heavy loads. Heavy backpacks and the backpack pain they cause can contribute to lasting changes in spinal column compression and curvature in the lower back. Those changes are dangerous for anyone, especially growing children.
In part I we discussed kids wearing heavy backpacks (link to that article) and the concerns healthcare providers raise about possible long term effects of misuse of backpacks by children. In part II we discuss warning signs of improper backpack use and recommendations for proper use to avoid aches and pains and future problems.
Drs. Katie and Quintin Sleigh of Sleigh Family Chiropractic in Arlington Heights are concerned with the increasing numbers of kids experiencing back pain much earlier in their lives. One common cause of this may be overloaded, improperly worn, improperly sized backpacks. Many kids want to get the backpack that fits their current interests and style. However, Drs. Katie and Quintin warn that caving into their demands may be setting them up for back injury and pain, as well as neck pain and headaches.
Dr. Katie Sleigh, a chiropractor in Arlington Heights, IL, reports that she is often asked by parents when they should bring their child in to see a chiropractor. Infants and kids don’t commonly complain of headaches or back pain, the typical symptoms that motivate adults to see a chiropractor. Many parents do bring their kids in with hopes that chiropractic care can help ailments such as torticollis, colic, bedwetting, and constipation. BUT should a parent wait until their child has those or other symptoms to have them checked?
Many adults have the misconception about chiropractic care that it is painful and very forceful. So when Dr. Katie Sleigh, of Sleigh Family Chiropractic in Arlington Heights, IL, mentions she does chiropractic adjustments for many children and infants, she commonly gets gasps of disbelief and wide open, surprised eyes. Sleigh asserts that pediatric chiropractic care is very safe for infants and children of all ages. This does not mean that every child should be adjusted by a chiropractor. However, Dr. Katie believes that every child should at least be checked by a chiropractor.
It seems more and more kids carry backpacks that are almost bigger than they are! We frequently see kids who try to counter balance the weight of their back pack. They bend forward at the waist, round their shoulders forward or tilt their chins upward. Kids are experiencing back pain at a much earlier age than in the past according to the American Chiropractic Association. Heavy backpacks may be a contributing factor.
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