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Backpack Safety During the Month of August

Did You Know?

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), more than 9,500 patients between the ages of 5-18 received medical treatment for backpack-related injuries in 2012.


Screening Details

As practical as backpacks are, they can lead to injuries if they're too heavy fo fitted incorrectly...

DURING THE MONTH OF AUGUST: Our physical therapists would like to help you take the guesswork out of fitting your child to their backpack by offering you a FREE backpack fit screen. All participants will receive a free goodie bag of school supplies.


HOW TO SCHEDULE: Please call our office and request to schedule a backpack screen for your child.


DAY OF APPOINTMENT: Please arrive 5-10 minutes early with your child and their backpack. Your appointment duration with your physical therapist will be 10-15 minutes.

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Tips When Purchasing a Safe Backpack

Although most backpacks are safe if used correctly, there are a few things to look for when purchasing a new backpack.

  • A lightweight pack: canvas packs tend to be lighter than leather and help reduce the load placed on your child's frame.
  • Wide padded shoulder straps: these cushion your child's shoulders and distribute weight more evenly.
  • A padded back: protects your child from sharp objects (pens, pencils, rulers) in the pack and increases comfort.
  • A waist belt: reduces excess movement and helps to keep weight evenly distributed.
  • Multiple compartments: allow weight to be more evenly distributed.

Tips For Parents

  • Encourage your child to tell you about numbness, tingling, or discomfort in the arms or legs which may indicate poor fit or too much weight being carried.
  • Watch your child put on or take off the backpack to see if it is a struggle.
  • Do not ignore any back pain in a child or teenager.
  • Be sure the school allows students to stop at their lockers throughout the day to drop off or exchange heavier books.
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How a Physical Therapist Can Help!

A physical therapist can help you choose a proper backpack and fit it specifically to your child. Children come in all shapes and sizes, and some have physical limitations that require special adaptations.


Additionally, a physical therapist can help improve posture problems, correct muscle imbalances, and treat pain that can result from improper backpack use. Physical therapists can also design individualized fitness programs to help children get strong and stay strong!

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Therapeutic Associates Medford Physical Therapy
1311 E. Barnett Rd
Suite 202
Medford, OR 97504
(541) 779-1041

Mon - Thur // 7:00am - 7:00pm
Friday // 7:00am - 5:00pm

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