When children experience low back pain, it can be both disturbing and worrisome for their caregiver, especially since a child’s spine is still developing and is only able to sustain a limited amount of stress without damage being done.
You might be wondering if you should take them to a low back pain doctor near Farmington, MI. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission discovered from a recent study that 75% of children ages 8 to 12 years complained of back pain. Why were these children having upper, middle or low back pain? They found that it was due to the weight of their school backpacks.
Based on a recent estimate, 96 percent of children carry too much weight on their backs from school supplies. In fact, 5,000 children go to the emergency department for backpack injuries every year. And, more than 14,000 children receive relief care each year for similar problems. Approximately 60 percent of orthopedic doctors stated that they are providing care to schoolchildren for upper, mid and low back pain caused by the weight of their backpacks.
Look at it this way, if the backpack a child is carrying weighs 12 pounds, and the child weighs 60 pounds, the child is carrying a load on their shoulders that is one-fifth of their body weight. As children get older, their book load often increases. A 100-pound middle school student might be carrying a backpack that weighs 30 pounds.
This problem is even more urgent if a child has scoliosis, a stress fracture, or muscle strain. Extra weight of this type, combined with the conditions of lifting, twisting, or running with the heavy backpack could worsen and even delay their recovery. What should parents do for their children to avoid further damage to their fragile, growing spines?
David Marshall, a medical director of sports medicine at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, explains that the issues related to these heavy backpacks not only cause children to miss school but also affect their attendance to physical education classes, after-school activities, and camps. What does he suggest?
Having a second set of books the child doesn’t need to transport back and forth to school would be greatly helpful. Another recommendation he makes is to bring your child to the doctor to have their core strength, back muscles, and posture evaluated.
One alternative that is growing in popularity among parents, are rolling bags so that children can pull the weight rather than bear it on their backs. They are even starting to be considered cool by school age children. There are a few hazards that these kinds of bags present, though. For example students may need to maneuver up stairways, and the bags are also known for being a tripping hazard in the halls of the schools, classrooms, and while travelling with students.
Here are a number of tips that Marshal recommends for helping lighten your child’s burden:
This is a safety inspection checklist to refer to help protect against low back pain in children:
One more area that should be focused on is determining how healthy your child’s spine is. The assumption is usually that most children have healthy spines, but that’s not always true. The upper cervical spine is vulnerable to injury from trips and falls, sporting accidents, or vehicle accidents. Combine that with a developing spine and you could have an injury that leads to lifelong problems over time.
Here at Premier Family Wellness and Spinal Care in Farmington, Michigan, we care for many school-age patients, closely examining their neck for possible misalignments they may have in this area. When there is need for a correction, we use a method that is gentle and safe for all ages. We do not need to pop or crack the neck to return the bones to their proper placement. Instead, our technique naturally encourages the bones to move back into place with the slightest pressure.
Maintaining the health of your child’s spine with periodic visits to an upper cervical chiropractor in Farmington can lower the risk of severe injury in the future. Contact us today if your child has concerns with low back pain or other issues related to the back.
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Dr. Perkins grew up in Novi, Michigan and attended Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. He received his Doctorate Magna Cum Laude with a focus on Upper Cervical Chiropractic care. Chris is well known in the community for his public speaking and holds a number of professional certifications. We are proud to say that Dr. Perkins and Perkins Family Wellness has been recognized by Hour Magazine as one of the Top Chiropractors in Metro Detroit for 3 years in row.