Heavy Backpack Concerns
Updated: Wednesday, August 14 2013, 10:14 AM EDT
Back to school could mean "back pain" for many students.
14-year-old Michael Coleman is about to begin high school. But wearing a backpack the wrong way in middle school has taken its toll. Even after numerous chiropractic adjustments and changing how he carried his backpack, Michael's spine is still rotated
The America Chiropractic Association recommends children carry no more than 10% of their body weight on their backs.
Chiropractor Dr. Sara Lawson says about 20% of her patients are kids with pain and posture problems. And most of those kids are wearing their backpacks improperly. She says kids should wear both straps and the bottom of the back pack is not lower than the child's waist.