Back to school season is right around the corner. Soon children will be coming home with heavy textbooks and it is important for parents to understand how they can best help prevent their child from developing back pain.
Heavy backpacks, lack of physical activity, and poor posture are all things that parents should watch out for and step in to help.
Dr. Kenneth K. Hansraj, Chief of Spine Surgery at New York Spine Surgery & Rehabilitation Medicine, can give parents and educators simple tips to help children develop healthy spine habits which will aid in preventing back pain from developing overtime.
Dr. Ken can shares:
- How to properly wear a backpack - Most kids let that bag hang way too low or slung over one shoulder (to be cool), but with the ever increasing book loads, this put strains on the spine and shoulders
- Choosing a backpack (light weight and with proper support) and minimizing the load!
- Simple stretching and strengthening exercises that are fun for children/teens
- Proper posture (while sitting in class, walking down the hall, and texting their friends etc.)
Nearly 80% of people suffer from back pain at some point in their lives - If children are aware of their spine and develop good habits from a young age, pain can be prevented!