How Children May Be Put at Risk for Back or Shoulder Injuries

Schoogirl Carrying a Backpack and Books

Children live active, busy lifestyles and are constantly on the go. However, children can be particularly susceptible to injuries of the shoulders or back due to commonplace habits or activities. If your child has been complaining of back or shoulder pain, visit an orthopedic doctor for evaluation , treatment, and the information you need to prevent further injury.

Sports Activities
Many children participate in sports either during or after school. While exercise and movement are good for the body, improper technique or inadequate equipment can lead to sports-related injuries. Even when the proper precautions are taken, accidents such as blows, slips, and trips may still occur. Children who are injured during practice or play should be evaluated by an orthopedic doctor before being allowed to return to the game. Even minor injuries can worsen over time and lead to more serious conditions if not allowed to properly heal. Overuse injuries may not manifest serious symptoms at first, but can cause lasting damage if not addressed.

Backpack Use
Many doctors agree that carrying heavy backpacks is a frequent cause of back pain in children. While backpacks are designed to distribute the weight of books and supplies across the shoulders, carrying weight that is too heavy or using only one shoulder to support a backpack results in pain and injury. The muscles and ligaments of the neck, shoulders, back, and arms can become strained or sprained. Changes in posture to support the backpack’s weight can increase the likelihood of falling and cause rounding of the back. Doctors recommend that children’s backpack weight not exceed 15% of their total body weight, and that they use both shoulders to carry backpacks. Check all straps to ensure they are in good condition to properly distribute the backpack’s weight.

Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine is dedicated to better health for all of our patients, young and old. Our doctors specialize in providing treatment for sports-related injuries to help young athletes recover safely and quickly in NYC. Contact us today by calling (866) 650-8063 or clicking on our website.

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