Preventing back pain in children

A third of the school carrying a load above 10% by weight, the limit that experts recommend for adults. No wonder that in Spain, at age 15, over 50% of children and almost 70% of girls have ever had in your life back pain.

With fifteen years of back pain in children is similar to that of adults. Besides, experts say back pain in adolescence increases the risk of suffering from a chronic to an adult.

Because the consequences at both the household, employment and social pathology that cause future of children today, the Organization Medical College and the Kovacs Foundation have launched the 2009 national campaign, whose motto is "Do not turn your back your back. "

The goal of this campaign is raising awareness among children, adolescents and parents to prevent back ailments and reduce the impact they may have on the health of youngsters. According to Dr. Francis M. Kovacs, president of the Kovacs Foundation, "to the nine years the prevalence of back ailments is very low, but year after year and is growing at around 15 and is similar to that of adults. That is why prevention campaigns focus back pain among younger pupils, or, as in this year, at ages in which the frequency increases.

How to stop back pain
Stemming the possibility of back pain into something chronic in adulthood is as simple as:
* To combat physical inactivity
* Regulate the excessive burden of school supplies
* Avoid improper practice sport at competitive level
* Adapt the school furniture.

Two enemies of back pain
Contrary to what has been recommended for years, bed rest is useless and harmful for back pain, and even during the painful episode is better to maintain the highest level of activity as pain permits.

Another habit is to eradicate snuff. Scientific studies suggest that back pain is more common among smokers, possibly due to coughing (increased intradiscal pressure and vibration), the worst risk (especially the disk, but also the muscles) or worst overall fitness ( and musculature) among smokers.

Exercise as prevention of back pain in children
Dr. Kovacs insists that all preventive measures, "physical activity from childhood is the most important, is essential and necessary for the spine acquires its final form. Moreover, physical exercise regularly reduces the risk of back problems and increases the likelihood that, if there is pain, it is of short duration and less impact on daily activities and quality of life. "
Parents: take care not obsessed

Parents should know how to react if there is back pain in their children. And they must turn to their parents when they feel discomfort in the back. However, Dr Kovacs "do not obsess on surveillance" of developing the child's back and reflect on his own experiences, as often happens to mothers of girls suffered from scoliosis and had to wear corsets.

Dr. Kovacs said "because of his experience are obsess about the smallest deviation in the back of his children. But today we know that very often the scoliosis is not really an "illness" but a chance finding and irrelevant. Many times not even have to take special measures and only (very) rarely is convenient to operate.

The school furniture and back pain

Another factor to consider is that in classrooms there is a proper school furniture. Ideally in such cases is to have chairs and desks with adjustable height so as to conform to the height of children and enable them to meet hygiene standards postural:

1. Sitting way back
2. Sit up straight
3. Sit with elbows

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