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Backpack Injury on the Rise

Thursday, 23 October 2008 15:18

A study conducted by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons adds to the growing body of research on the negative impact of backpack use. Investigators surveyed more than 100 physicians at Children's Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Illinois and Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington, Delaware. The study revealed that backpack injuries are on the rise. In total, 58% of the orthopedists reported seeing patients complaining of back and shoulder pain caused by heavy backpacks. More than 70% of the orthopedists surveyed indicated that heavy backpacks can become a clinical problem in school-age children if not enough attention is made to decrease some of the weight being carried in the packs.

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