Information contained on this page is provided by an independent third-party content provider. WorldNow and this Station make no warranties or representations in connection therewith. If you have any questions or comments about this page please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOURCE American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Orthopaedic surgeons share tips as kids head back-to-school
ROSEMONT, Ill., Aug. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Backpacks are designed to distribute the weight of load among some of the body's strongest muscles. However, if not worn correctly, backpacks can cause injuries.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) more than 28,600 individuals were treated in hospitals and doctors' offices for injuries related to backpacks in 2013, and more than 8,500 of those injuries were kids 5-18 years old.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA) urge parents and kids to consider lightening backpacks to help avoid backpack-related injuries.
"Improperly used backpacks may injure muscles and joints and can lead to severe back, neck, and shoulder pain, as well as posture problems," said orthopaedic surgeon and AAOS spokesperson Daniel Green, MD. "Parents and teachers should educate kids on the proper way to wear a backpack to reduce the risk of injury."
BACKPACK SAFETY TIPS
AAOS and POSNA recommend the following tips to help eliminate discomfort and reduce the risk of backpack-related injuries.
Parents also can help with backpack-related pain:
Orthopaedic surgeons restore mobility and reduce pain; they help people get back to work and to independent, productive lives. Visit ANationInMotion.org to read successful orthopaedic stories.
Newsroom.aaos.org is your source for bone and joint health news, stats, facts, images and spokesperson interview requests.
Share this press release on your social media pages bit.ly/1kz8SKh
©2012 PR Newswire. All Rights Reserved.