Heavy backpacks to blame for child neck, back problems

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POSTED: Friday, August 19, 2011 - 9:36pm

UPDATED: Saturday, August 20, 2011 - 4:26pm

Heading back to school can be a pain in the neck...literally. Chiropractors say they see more kids in their offices at the start of the year and homework could be to blame.

Heavy books can put extra pressure on the neck and back. A normal spine curves to to absorb shock, but the more stress on the shoulders, the more that curve in the spine is reversed. Doctors say that can leave harmful effects in the long run.

"It can lead to spinal arthritis. It can lead to migraines. It can lead to a number of postural problems," says Dana LeBlanc with LeBlanc Family Chiropractic on Perkins Road.

LeBlanc says students should wear their backpacks high on their backs or cart a rolling bag for bulky books. They can also do exercises to improve their posture.

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