ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - It's only a matter of weeks until you send the kids off to school with their backpacks slung over their shoulders and with this weekend's tax-free weekend, you'll be cramming it with school supplies. Dr. Alex Vidan from Vidan Family Chiropractic is here with his daughter Ambrielle to talk about how that backpack can cause some back-to-school problems.
Backpack-related injuries send an estimated 5,000 children a year to emergency rooms. The longer a child wears a backpack, the longer it takes for a curvature or deformity of the spine to be corrected.
The backpack should never hang more than four inches below the waistline. Students should wear both shoulder straps. Lugging the backpack around by one strap can cause the disproportionate shift of weight to one side, leading to neck and muscle spasms, as well as low-back pain. This can also affect academics too. Symptoms can manifest as headaches and concentration problems.