Backpack Pain in Children Fayetteville 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.

Dr. Thomas Arthur Ciszek
(910) 609-6762
PO Box 2000
Fayetteville, NC
Specialty
Pediatrics

Niveen Youssef Iskander, MD
(910) 484-3121
1606 Morganton Rd
Fayetteville, NC
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: East Carolina Univ Sch Of Med, Greenville Nc 27858
Graduation Year: 1992
Hospital
Hospital: Cape Fear Valley Med Center, Fayetteville, Nc
Group Practice: Fayetteville Children's Clinic

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Dr. Niveen Youssef Iskander
(910) 484-3121
1606 Morganton Rd
Fayetteville, NC
Specialty
Pediatrics

John Hugh Bryan, MD
(910) 609-6690
PO Box 41208
Fayetteville, NC
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Radiation Oncology, Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nc At Chapel Hill Sch Of Med, Chapel Hill Nc 27599
Graduation Year: 1969
Hospital
Hospital: Cape Fear Valley Med Center, Fayetteville, Nc; Southeastern Reg Med Ctr, Lumberton, Nc
Group Practice: South East Radiation Oncology

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Dr. Keith James Gallaher
(910) 609-6762
PO Box 2000
Fayetteville, NC
Specialty
Pediatrics

Dr. John Sigmund Gimesh
(609) 228-1061
Fayetteville, NC
Specialty
Pediatrics

William Huske Kelly, MD
(910) 484-3121
PO Box 53127
Fayetteville, NC
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nc At Chapel Hill Sch Of Med, Chapel Hill Nc 27599
Graduation Year: 1989
Hospital
Hospital: Cape Fear Valley Med Center, Fayetteville, Nc
Group Practice: Fayetteville Children's Clinic

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Keith James Gallaher, MD
(910) 609-6762
PO Box 2000
Fayetteville, NC
Specialties
Pediatrics, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Pa State Univ Coll Of Med, Hershey Pa 17033
Graduation Year: 1982

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Thomas Arthur Ciszek, MD
(910) 609-6762
PO Box 2000
Fayetteville, NC
Specialties
Pediatrics, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: St Louis Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63104
Graduation Year: 1977

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Medhavini H Dhandha, MD
(910) 437-9600
911 Hay St
Fayetteville, NC
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Bj Med Coll, Univ Of Pune, Pune, Maharashtra, India
Graduation Year: 1976

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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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