Backpacks and back pain: where's the epidemic?

  title={Backpacks and back pain: where's the epidemic?},
  author={Eric J. Wall and Susan L Foad and John Spears},
  journal={Journal of pediatric orthopedics},
  volume={23 4},
The purpose of this study was to determine if children presenting with a chief complaint of back pain at a pediatric orthopedic office attribute their pain to wearing a heavy backpack. A retrospective medical records search was performed to identify school-age patients with back pain. Of the 346 patients included in this study, only 1 child attributed back pain to wearing a backpack. Three patients stated that their back pain was made worse by carrying their backpack. A phone survey revealed… CONTINUE READING