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Half of children suffer from back pain


Back pain is a “serious problem” for 58% of schoolchildren, according to a recent study.

A survey of 245 children between the ages of 11 and 14 in New Zealand found that the most prevalent locations to have experienced pain in the previous month were in the lower back and neck, although the duration of pain was felt for longest in the lower back.

Pain occurred in only one location in 31% of cases, while 28% experienced pain in several locations along their spine.

The Massey University study took into consideration local demography, prevalence of pain, psychosocial parameters and family characteristics affecting the children, as well as the school and leisure activities undertaken.



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  • It's hardly surprising given the extreme weight of the average school bag and how much of the school day that can be spent transiting between classes. The weight of the bag also impedes exercise. My son would love to walk to and from school but as he has hardly lift the bag when it is fully packed this is impossible.

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  • I hope the researchers will now advocate and promote ergonomic school bags which support posture and spine care of the back specifically for school children. They can be googled and are far more trendy than they were when I tried to get my children to use them. There is no point in doing this if nothing is done to treat or prevent it.

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