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Heavy backpack could lead to chronic back pain

Eau Claire (WQOW)- While a student’s class load can be heavy, so can their book bag.

Health officials are warning students that carrying too much weight could lead to back problems.

They said while backpacks are practical, they can also lead to strained muscles and joints if they’re too heavy or used incorrectly.

Marshfield Clinic Health System Pediatrician Anne Bouele said kids shouldn’t carry more than 10 to 15 percent of their body weight in their backpacks.

She said if students aren’t carrying their backpacks correctly it can compress their spines and could lead to chronic back pain.

She said picking a new backpack should be about more than fashion.

“Make sure that the backpack is light, such as a canvas backpack,” Bouele said. “We want to make sure we use padded bags, you want to use ones with wide straps .”Think about it, we don’t want it to be to narrow because it could affect your shoulders.”

Bouele said every year, she gets a handful of patients who complain about their backs.

Shannon Satterlee

Shannon Satterlee joined News 18 in February 2018 as a Multi-Media Journalist.

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