Heavy backpacks can lead to chronic back and shoulder pain, particularly if the strap is only worn over one shoulder. An orthopedist would recommend choosing an ergonomic backpack with well-padded straps. The way in which you carry your backpack also has a significant effect on your musculoskeletal system. You’re less likely to sustain shoulder injuries if you wear both straps over your shoulders to distribute the weight of the backpack evenly.

Additionally, try to limit the weight of the objects in your backpack to no more than 10 percent of your body weight. Place the heavier items in the bottom of the pack to reduce its effect on spinal curvature. If you do need to carry around very heavy objects, consider using a rolling backpack instead.

If you or your child has developed sports injuries or repetitive strain injuries, you can schedule an appointment with an orthopedic specialist in Queens by calling (347) 537-2404. An orthopedist at Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine can help restore you to health.

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