Can you imagine the amount of discomfort, pain, and even damage that can happen to your back and neck when you carry a heavy bag on one side of your neck and shoulder?
Imagine if that happens for years and years.
And THAT is what our children, teenagers and even adults have been doing for years and years, not realizing that repeated action of carrying heavy bags on one side (or even with both shoulders) can damage their soft and hard tissues around their spine, shoulders, hips, knees and more.
Many of these children who develop back pain in their childhood, will likely to have their back pain evolve into long term chronic back and neck pains and problems in their adults years...as well as into late adulthood and life a whole, if situation doesn't change, of:
Many of these children who develop back pain, develop into chronic back and neck problems in their adult years, and well into late adulthood and life, if left untreated or unmanaged.
As a parent (or if you have back/neck pains because of the same problems of heavy school bags), you can help reduce the risk by:
And example of back pack being slung too low (bottom of bag way below buttocks), poorly fitted bag and maybe even too heavy such that the child needs to lean forward to compensate
Any given time, school children always should have a back pack as compared to having a side sling bag, for better distribution of weight.
Some factors to consider:
Good back pack, fitted to child and even has roller wheels!