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Back to School Backpack Safety Tips

Doesn’t it seem like yesterday the kids were singing “School’s out for summer”? With the end of the summer approaching it can only mean one thing, back to school time. Kids are anxiously awaiting to see what classrooms they have and what friends will be with them. They are constantly growing so new clothes and shoes from shoe hero are always needed, lists of school supplies required are mailed to the house, and of course the ever so important backpack is a must have.

No matter what age you are or how strong you are, carrying a heavy backpack can lead to some pretty serious issues. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are more than 7,300 backpack-related injuries annually treated by hospitals and doctors. Injuries include bruises, sprains and strains to the back and shoulder and in some instances, stress fractures to the back and ribs. With that being said, the staff at NorthEast Spine and Sports Medicine wants to protect your child’s back so we decide to put together a few safety tips to follow when it comes to backpacks.

  • Choose a backpack that has two thick straps to help evenly distribute weight on the shoulders.
  • A backpack should never be heavier than 15% of your child’s body weight. Take the scale out and see just how heavy the backpack is with everything in it. If it is over the limit see if you can remove some nonessential items. If it is still too heavy, talk to the child’s teacher to see if they extra books you can keep at home so they don’t have to worry about carrying books back and forth.
  • An adult backpack is made for an adult and will not properly fit a child. The bottom of the backpack should be about two inches above your child’s waist and should never hang more than four inches below the waistline.
  • Make sure your child wears both straps. It may be “cool” to just wear one but by wearing only one strap, a backpack on one shoulder can cause muscle strain and imbalance.

If you find that your child is complaining of back pain or discomfort, contact us for an appointment. We offer treatment options including chiropractic and physical therapy. Both treatment options work together to develop exercises to increase strength, improve posture, and treat pain. From all of us at NorthEast Spine and Sports Medicine, have a happy, safe, and healthy school year!

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    Aberdeen, NJ 07747

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    Barnegat, NJ 08005

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    728 Bennetts Mills Rd.
    Jackson, NJ 08527

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    501 Iron Bridge Rd, Suite 2
    Freehold, NJ 07728

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    Manchester, NJ 08759

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    Point Pleasant, NJ 08742

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    Neptune, NJ 07753

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    Toms River, NJ 08755

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If you’re looking for a multi-specialty medical group that offers interventional pain management, sports medicine, chiropractic care, acupuncture therapy, physical therapy, and orthopedic surgery, look no further than NorthEast Spine & Sports Medicine.

We have eight offices and one ambulatory surgery center (ASC) located in and around Monmouth County, NJ and Ocean County, NJ, and we have many patients that visit us from the following towns:

  • Jackson, NJ
  • Point Pleasant, NJ
  • Barnegat, NJ
  • Brick, NJ
  • Lakewood, NJ
  • Manchester, NJ
  • Aberdeen, NJ
  • Marlboro, NJ
  • Freehold, NJ
  • Monroe, NJ
  • Glassboro, NJ
  • Any many others

Since the beginning, our doctors and staff have been committed to treating patients who suffer from several different types of painful spine, joint, and orthopedic conditions. Furthermore, our goal is not only to reduce pain through physical rehabilitation, therapy, or any of our procedures and treatment options, but to help all of our patients have their functionality and quality of life restored.

Doctors with Superior Medical Knowledge and Compassion

One of the many benefits of choosing NorthEast Spine & Sports Medicine is that we only use the most innovative and modern treatment options and procedures. Furthermore, every service and treatment option we offer is available at each of our nine offices. Therefore, you should expect to receive the treatment you need whether you visit our office in Jackson, NJ, Point Pleasant, NJ, Barnegat, NJ, Manchester, NJ, Aberdeen, NJ or Tinton Falls, NJ. Furthermore, when patients come to one of our offices, they are always greeted with smiles and treated with kindness.

Every member of a team is respectful and empathetic, and will go to great lengths to ensure your pain management needs are addressed. Another reason to choose our medical practice is because our team makes it one of their highest priorities to stay at the forefront of medical research so that they’re offering the best care possible. Lastly, our physicians and staff also make certain that patients have the knowledge they need to help them live pain-free lives.

Comprehensive and Customized Care Provided by NorthEast Spine & Sports Medicine

While some patients may only require one service and/or treatment option and procedure, others may require customized care plans to help them get back on their feet. After your initial evaluation, your physician will create a custom-tailored treatment plan that they feel will offer you with the pain relief you want. In fact, you should not only expect to be recommended with a treatment plan that will help to reduce and/or eliminate your pain, but one that will aid in increasing your activity level, and reducing the amount of pain medicine you take. In the end, you will be provided with a comprehensive and customized care plan that will greatly improve the quality of your life.

Even though pain is an unavoidable part of life, it doesn’t mean you must suffer from it all throughout your lifetime. To learn more the doctors and staff at NorthEast Spine & Sports Medicine, our pain treatment options and procedures, and our locations in and around Ocean County, NJ, and Monmouth County, NJ, please browse our site. To make an appointment, please don’t hesitate to do so online, or give one of the offices closest to your home in Brick, NJ, Lakewood, NJ, Marlboro, NJ, Freehold, NJ, Glassboro, NJ, or another area a call today.