Backpacks and Poor Posture on Back Health

Journal club today at Stanford Health Care – O’Connor Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program

The research article summarizes the effects of backpacks on scoliosis and back pain in approximately 1,000 school aged children. The study isn’t great as scoliosis and low back pain are multifactorial, but helps to create clarity on a complicated subject.

Article results: Heavy backpacks did not correlate with incorrect postures or increased low back pain. However, incorrect postures in standing and sitting were both correlated with increased low back pain in school aged children.

Takeaway: Backpacks don’t seem to be a high risk factor for scoliosis and/or low back pain, but common sense says don’t let your kid be the kid in the picture, as they return to school.

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