Story by: Joe Hall on August 13, 2018
As the school year kicks off with that new backpack full of school supplies, now is the time to do a safety check on your child’s back.
“Many students carry too much weight on their backs, opting to skip their lockers between classes and stuff all their books in their backpack,” said Joshua Meier, M.D., orthopedic surgeon with Norton Children’s Orthopedics of Louisville. “This not only can lead to pain and discomfort but also injury.”
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons recommends students carry no more than 15 to 20 percent of their body weight in their backpack.
Backpack weight guide:
Norton Children’s Orthopedics of Louisville specializes in both orthopedic surgical procedures and nonsurgical orthopedic care.
“Take the time to talk to your child about the proper way to carry a backpack,” Dr. Meier said. “Doing so will help protect their back now and promote good back health in the future.”