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Shoulder injuries and your child’s backpack

Shoulder injuries and your child’s backpack

Back-to school shopping is more fun for kids than going back to class. It’s also more fun to choose the backpack they like, with the right cell phone pocket.

Back-to-school is a great time to consider the type of backpack that your child will wear and how it can impact their orthopedic health. Though it may seem silly or unnecessary, you may need to keep a close eye on your child’s search for a backpack; looking into the structure of the backpack and how much is going to be carried in it on a daily basis.

Did you know a backpack could be contributing to various injuries of the spine and shoulder caused by overuse? Children can have a lot more problems with backpacks if they’re overloaded or aren’t properly fitted.

Shoulder injuries among children

Injuries affecting children’s shoulders can occur for various reasons. Acute injury, congenital defect or overuse can all be the cause. Dr. Chris Bales is an OrthoIndy orthopedic surgeon who specializes in knee and shoulder. Some common shoulder injuries are listed below The most common injuries among children and adolescents today are shoulder and little league…

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