Backpacks can be a literal pain for young students, but some might not realize the threat posed to adults as well. Though it's easy to get into the routine of wearing the same backpack all the time, if it's slowly hurting you or your child, the best thing to do may be to try a different way of carrying things, or seek out a professional.
The Archives of Disease in Childhood recently published a study showing a link between wearing a heavy backpack and possible pain. According to this source, the majority of a group of 1,403 school children were found to carry backpacks that weighed more than 10 percent of their own body weight. What's more, the students with the heaviest backpacks were 50 percent more likely to develop back pain.
As bad as this is, the problem could be even worse for adults struggling with their own heavy backpacks. Mic recently reported on a different study that looked at the long-term effects of wearing a backpack.
The presence of a heavy load on the back can cause the spine to compress over time. The risks are real for both children and their parents, provided the latter also grew up wearing backpacks. In that sense, this could be a topic everyone needs to take more seriously.
Fortunately, there are some simple ways to avoid this risk. The easiest is to use a bag or suitcase that doesn't but strain on the back. For more ideas to address possible spinal pain, contact a licensed chiropractor today. That's the only way you'll know for sure if what seems to be just a minor problem really is.