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Back Pain Due to Backpacks

By Madhusudhan Tammisetti

Carrying heavy backpacks regularly as a child has a significant impact on the back and spine. According to studies, children carry about 30 to 40 percent of the body weight in the backpacks. The majority of studies suggest children should always carry between 10 and 15 percent of the bodyweight on their backs.

Back Problems

Back problems are becoming more common in children as a result of carrying substantially more weight than they should. These issues may persist into adulthood. Heavy backpacks have been shown to compress discs in child's lower back, resulting in discomfort and back pain in the present and future.

According to another study, the weight of large backpacks might induce lumbar spine degradation, which may cause back problems and bad posture in the later part of their lives.

When kids carry heavy weight, their posture changes and may cause even more pain in the lower back. To minimize posture and spine issues, children shouldn't take in excess of 10 percent of the body weight in their backpacks. But this is not always the case. Most children keep on carrying much more weight than recommended.

Parents need to make a concerted effort to make sure that the backpack isn't too heavy for the child's body weight.

Adults Carrying Heavy Backpacks

Back pain caused due to carrying heavy backpacks affects not just children. College students carry heavy backpacks on a daily basis, and for longer periods of time than children.

For the most part of the day at college, students require a bag while walking on big campuses, attending classes and the library, and doing other activities. Also, many people may carry a backpack laden with heavy stuff during their transit from home to office regularly. People who reside in cities and walk to work are likely to have a backpack to carry all of their essential belongings to and from work.

Effects of Carrying Heavy Backpacks

Adults are more prone to suffer from back pain as they become older. As a result, lifting big things exacerbates the condition and makes it more unpleasant. Carrying a considerable weight on the back might cause nerve injury by damaging the shoulders' soft tissues.

According to one study, carrying heavy backpacks may cause nerve damage ranging from moderate to severe. You may have minor nerve irritation, and your muscles' ability to react to brain messages may be restricted. Due to this, finger and hand motions may be affected.

Chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic may help you in relieving back pain and its related problems. You don't need an appointment to consult a chiropractor at The Joint. Just walk in and get the required treatment for your back problems.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Hoboken, N.J.

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