Influence of school backpacks on adolescent back pain.

  title={Influence of school backpacks on adolescent back pain.},
  author={David Siambanes and Jason Martinez and Edgar W. Butler and Thomas Haider},
  journal={Journal of pediatric orthopedics},
  volume={24 2},
In a sample of 3,498 students living in two counties in California, each student's weight and backpack load were measured. Demographic information as well as information about backpack use was obtained. Nonspecific mechanical back pain was found to be highly prevalent, and the reported severity and chronicity of pain were high. Controlling for age, socioeconomic status, walking to and from school, and method of wear, results indicated that backpack weight, measured as a percentage of body… CONTINUE READING

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