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Backpack Pain in Children Boone NC

A backpack can be a great help to school children, but it needs to fit properly to avoid a lifetime of hurt, health-care professionals say. "If too heavy or worn incorrectly, backpacks can strain muscles and joints and cause serious back pain," Paula Kramer, who chairs the occupational therapy department at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, warned in a news release from the university.

Clinton B Zimmerman, MD
(828) 262-0100
Station E 345 Deerfield Rd
Boone, NC
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Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Bowman Gray Sch Of Med Of Wake Forest Univ, Winston-Salem Nc 27157
Graduation Year: 1987

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Carol Scott FNP
(828) 264-4545
870 State Farm Road Suite 101
Boone, NC
 
Miller Charles G MD
(828) 264-5150
166 Furman Road
Boone, NC
 
Middlebrook Margaret T MD
(828) 262-0100
345 Deerfield Road
Boone, NC
 
Dr. John Robert Lonas
(828) 262-0100
PO Box 1188
Boone, NC
Specialty
Pediatrics

Dykes T Rushing Jr, MD
(828) 264-5385
134 Doctors Dr
Boone, NC
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Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1994

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William Baker Horn, MD
(828) 264-5385
134 Doctors Dr
Boone, NC
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Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nc At Chapel Hill Sch Of Med, Chapel Hill Nc 27599
Graduation Year: 1972
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Hospital: Watauga Med Ctr, Boone, Nc
Group Practice: Northwest Children

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Gregory Lynn Adams, MD
(828) 262-0100
345 Deerfield Rd Ste A
Boone, NC
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Medical School: Oh State Univ Coll Of Med, Columbus Oh 43210
Graduation Year: 1979

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345 Deerfield Rd Ste A
Boone, NC
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Dykes T Rushing, MD
(828) 262-3100
614 Howard St,
Boone, NC
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Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
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Backpack Pain in Children

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THURSDAY, Sept. 3 (HealthDay News) -- A backpack can be a great help to school children, but it needs to fit properly to avoid a lifetime of hurt, health-care professionals say.

"If too heavy or worn incorrectly, backpacks can strain muscles and joints and cause serious back pain," Paula Kramer, who chairs the occupational therapy department at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, warned in a news release from the university.

Backpack-related injuries resulted in 7,300 emergency room visits in 2006, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Kramer offered tips for buying and using backpacks:

  • The backpack size should correlate with the child's size and age -- smaller, younger children should have smaller backpacks. Look for reflective material on the backpack to improve visibility and padded shoulder straps for added comfort.
  • Consider buying a backpack that can be wheeled or a triangular sling-style bag, which is worn over one shoulder and across the body, which better balances the load.
  • When loading the backpack, put heaviest items closest to the back. This helps distribute weight more evenly. When loaded, the backpack should weigh less than 10 to 15 percent of the child's body weight.
  • Adjust shoulder straps so the backpack fits snugly against the back. The child should always use both should straps and clip the waist belt, if the backpack has one, for added support and even weight distribution.

More information

The American Occupational Therapy Association has more about backpack safety.

SOURCE: University of the Sciences, news release, July 2009

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