School can be a pain in the neck, but don’t let it affect your back. It is not normal for your children to have back pain, this should not be occurring. Yet upwards of 3 out of every 4 kids report back pain. Aside from acute cases (car accident, sports injury), these are commonly preventable issues. Heather Finnegan, PT, DPT wrote an awesome overview with recommendations on proper backpack posture that can be seen here (http://theracorephysicaltherapy.blogspot.com/2014/08/what-is-correctand-safe-way-to-wear.html). While backpacks are a major concern in causing neck, shoulder, and back pain. Here are other things to take into consideration to help prevent this very preventable issue:
Sitting: More and more research is coming out, and long story short sitting wrecks us. Try to minimize time spent sitting to less than 2 hours per day
Texting: This is becoming a major issue! Hunched over a cell phone is no way to text, sit up straight and bring the phone into your line of vision.
Activity: Being inactive and losing strength in important muscle groups puts you at a much higher risk to develop pain in the neck, shoulders, and back. Make frequent movement and activity a priority!
Often the solution is simple and being more aware of your posture can address and reverse pain that you are experiencing. Don’t let this linger, this is something that needs to be addressed before it becomes a chronic condition that is much more difficult to treat. If you’ve been in pain for longer than one month and this does not change with postural corrections, please see us for a complementary injury screen for a more detailed assessment to avoid this becoming a real issue. Good posture is the new cool.
-Dave Paczkowski PT, DPT
TheraCORE Physical Therapy Locations
Five Seasons Family Sports Club
6901 S. Madison
Burr Ridge, IL 60527
16622 W. 159th St., Ste. 503
Lockport, IL 60441
350 E. Ogden Ave., Ste. 200
Westmont, IL 60559