Backpack Attack

backpackBy Ellie H.

Got a heavy backpack? Do you feel like your back is carrying an elephant? Every time you put down your backpack, do you feel less tense? Because of heavy backpacks, can we get scoliosis?

You must have thought of all these questions at least once, if you are tired of carrying your backpack. Your parents must be worried about your well being and you may be worried too. Let us figure out the real truth, does carrying heavy backpacks increase your chance of scoliosis?

Scoliosis is a sideways curvature in your spine that can lead to bad posture, and less space in your chest, affecting your ability to breath. It’s most likely to occur when the spine is growing before your hit puberty, (so if you haven’t hit puberty yet, be aware).

Most of the time, the problems are minimal, but if the problem increases, you might not have enough space in your chest for your lungs to inflate and deflate (Scoliosis, Mayo clinic). Then, you would have to wear a brace.

“Although both boys and girls develop mild scoliosis at about the same rate, girls have a much higher risk of the curve worsening and requiring treatment,” says Mayo Clinic.

Back pain and age can lead to scoliosis. The older you get, the weaker bones you have and as you carry mildly heavy stuff, it may hurt your back or actually cause the spine to curve. Back pain can also lead to scoliosis and do you know what can cause back pain?

Heavy backpacks can cause back pain and eventually increase the chances of scoliosis. So, try to limit the amount of things you’re carrying and take out heavy books or water bottles. Take out extra pens or pencils to decrease the size of your pencil case.

Remember to always straighten your back and take it easy. Now, you know that the chance of being diagnosed with scoliosis can be increased by carrying heavy things on your back.

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