Leo M. Kenney, D.C,. F.A.C.O.

Chiropractic Orthopedist

Serving the Mount Washington Valley since 1984

Backpack Safety Education

Over the last decade there has been a substantial increase in the number of children under the age of 18 who are experiencing back pain and spinal dysfunction. Dr. Kenney has made the prevention of these injuries in children a major priority in his practice. He has joined forces with Backpack Safety America to help educate the children of his community on the right and wrong ways to load, lift, and carry backpacks.

Every day thousands of America's children are lugging their books to and from school and between classes in their backpacks. These backpacks often weigh as much as 20 to 40 pounds and put a tremendous stress and load on these growing spines. This heavy load is occurring in precisely the age group most likely to develop scoliosis.

If the average backpack weighs only 15 pounds, and the child is lifting it 10 times per day, over a 180 school days per year, they will have lifted that pack 1800 times for a total weight of 27,000 pounds. This is 13 1/2 tons! And these are conservative figures.

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    Articles about low back pain in children

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  2. Low Back Pain in Adolescents: A Comparison of Clinical Outcomes in Sports Participants and Nonparticipants
  3. Low back pain in schoolchildren: occurrence and characteristics
  4. Back Pain in Children
  5. Epidemiology of low back pain in children and adolescents