One of the most essential items children get at the beginning of the school year is the backpack. Although it is necessary, here at Upper Cervical Health Centers, we know it is also one of the leading causes of back and shoulder pain in children.
Did you know, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), there are more than 6,500 emergency room visits each year by children ages 5-18, which stem from injuries related to heavy backpacks or book bags. Additional research further shows that by the end of their teen years, nearly 60% of children experience at least one low-back pain episode. Backpack loads are responsible for a significant amount of back pain in children, teens and college students.
As children go back to school here are some helpful tips to help prevent any unnecessary back pain.
We know that teachers give homework, and the easiest way for children to get their books and school supplies back and forth to school is to use a backpack. So that’s not changing anytime soon, but you can prevent back, shoulder and neck injuries by following some of these basic instructions. It is also important to remember that a healthy and properly functioning spine will hold up much better to heavy loads. So, remember to bring your child into Upper Cervical Health Centers to have your child's spine checked for proper alignment, especially if they complain of headaches, back, neck, or shoulder pain. Some simple, gentle adjustments can make the difference in their pain, and can keep your child’s entire nervous system functioning in a healthy way.
We offer a free spinal check to find out if your child’s spine is in proper alignment. Call Dr. Lee Angle at Upper Cervical Health Centers today for an appointment 239-243-8810
Dr. Lee Angle
Dr. Lee Angle is originally from southern West Virginia. After having his life changed through Upper Cervical Care he chose to pursue it as a career. He has been practicing Upper Cervical Chiropractic for over nine years. Dr. Angle previously worked as a certified personal trainer. This background allows him to educate his patients on proper movement and exercises to speed their recovery and enhance their Upper Cervical Care.