With the back-to-school routine in full swing, it’s time to leave the carefree days of summer behind and get back into the routine. For many kids and teenagers, that means long days—and heavy loads. Heavy backpacks and the backpack pain they cause can contribute to lasting changes in spinal column compression and curvature in the lower back. Those changes are dangerous for anyone, especially growing children.
When fair weather finally arrives in the Chicagoland area, we’re all desperate to return to our favorite outdoor activities. These first few sunny weeks feel like a gift after all Mother Nature has slung our way, mild winter or not. Beware your enthusiasm, though—be conscious about protecting your lower back. Avoiding lower back pain now means you can enjoy the entire summer.