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Does it matter if a child who has arthritis running in the family have a rolling backpack or a regular backpack?

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Dr. Michael H. T. Sia
Pediatrics 31 years experience
Regardless of FHX: When worn correctly, the weight in the back is worn evenly distributed across the body, shoulder and neck injuries are less commmon than carrying a briefcase/purse. Kids should not carry more than 10-15% of their body weight in thier backpacks. Too heavy causes muscle/joint strain and severe back pain. Rolling backpacks would avoid this but to kids are not 'cool.".
Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
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Possibly: I am not a huge fan of seeing these young kids with back packs that in some cased weigh over 30 lbs!. I believe it is an unnecessary stress on their developing spines and also believe it may contribute to future problems but i cannot prove that. I will be happier when textbooks can be on ipads or the like. In the meantime, if the school allows would rather see rolling back packs.

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A 29-year-old member asked:

Does it matter if a child who has arthritis running in the family has a rolling backpack or a carrying backpack?

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Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 33 years experience
Be comfortable: I am less concerned about the arthritis in the family and the back pack type. My concern is that backpacks are getting heavier and heavier and i think there is the possibility for more neck, back, and shoulder injuries with carrying a back pack. However if the rolling back pack has to be constantly lifted and put in lockers etc, there is still the potential for injury. Limit the weight of either.

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