Concept Therapy
 
Hand Therapy
Occupational Therapy
Physical Therapy

A division of Proliance Surgeons

Lynnwood location:

425-741-0056
Edmonds location:

425-582-8118
Mill Creek location:

425-225-6867

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About Concept Therapy

Concept Therapy was established in 2000 to provide evidence-based and client-centered care to all clients exclusively for hand, upper extremity and neck problems.
 
Our certified and experienced therapists work as part of a collaborative team consisting of physicians, the client, and employer while providing the client with the most up-to-date researched intervention strategies and available equipment.
  

BACKPACK SAFETY

Kids & Backpacks: Is Your Backpack Making the Grade?

Concept Therapy - Your Partner in Therapeutic Rehabilitation

The beginning of the school year marks a time when many children may begin to feel the strain of overloaded backpacks. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, backpack-related injuries send an estimated 5,000 children a year to emergency rooms. More than 14,000 children are treated annually for injuries related to backpack use. Recent studies have shown that children frequently carry bags that are approximately 20% of their overall bodyweight. Backpacks that weigh more than 10% of a child’s body weight have been shown to cause changes in posture, including an increased forward tilting at the waist. These postural changes have been attributed to an onset of neck, shoulder and low back pain. Because of the potential for injury, we would like to share with you and your patients some helpful hints for healthy backpack use.
 
What to look for in a Backpack

• Size—backpack should be torso length (measure from the base of neck to roughly two inches above hip).
• Lightweight with multiple compartments
• Wide adjustable shoulder straps
• Adjustable chest and waist straps (thick if possible)
• Padded back
• Children with ongoing neck, shoulder or low back pain may consider using a roller backpack.

You may want to consider consulting a physical or occupational therapist if a child complains of neck, shoulder or low back pain that may be related to an ill-fitting
backpack. Some children have physical limitations that may require special adaptations. A physical or occupational therapist can help determine the best fit to prevent
injury.
 
Tips for Safe Backpack Use

• Keep the weight of the fully-loaded backpack 10% or less of the child’s body weight.
• Wear both straps. This allows the weight of the backpack to be more evenly distributed and promotes a more symmetrical posture.
• Position the backpack evenly along the middle of the back.
• Shoulder straps should be loose enough to put on and take off without difficulty and allow free movement of the arms. Use the chest and waist straps to distribute
the weight for additional support.
• Keep the load light. Carry only those items that are required for the day. If it is possible, consider purchasing two sets of heavier text books so that you can leave
one set at home and the other at school.
• Keep the backpack load evenly distributed. Repack your bag every day so the heaviest items remain closest to the child’s back and remove any unnecessary items.
Use the backpack’s compartments to keep items in place and to prevent them from shifting, which can lead to uneven load distributions.
 
Concept Therapy

Serving the community for over 17 years, our certified and experienced therapists provide evidence-based, patient-centered care in a collaborative team environment.
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