Whether you’re hiking to enjoy the fall colors or you’re headed to school, you’ll probably find yourself wearing a backpack. At the Spine Institute of North America, we have seen many back issues be created or worsened by improper backpack usage. We believe knowledge is power, and we want to empower you to do what’s best for your back as you receive treatment from our world-class experts. It actually is possible to wear a backpack correctly – there are just a few things you need to watch out for. We are going to take the next few blogs to share some important tips for wearing a backpack well.
Even Out Your Load
- A backpack that is heavy on one side is going to have a dangerous effect on your spine over time. It causes the spine to shift laterally, creating stresses that, if repeated, can cause serious harm.
- No matter what you’re carrying, you should make sure the weight is distributed evenly across the bag. It is especially important if you are carrying something heavy like a water bottle or book. Keeping the weight distributed across your back reduces that lateral motion in your spine, and that is what you want every time.
Keeping your back healthy will have a huge impact on your life. However, we understand that some backs come with built-in problems, and accidents can happen to anyone. That is why we are here. It is why we have dedicated our lives to understanding the complex puzzle of the human spine. We want to bring relief. Fortunately, we have been very successful, and because we stay on the cutting edge of pain management technology, we can offer solutions that people believe to be impossible. If you think your back pain cannot be relieved, we encourage you to make an appointment with us. We will do everything we can to help!