Backpack Safety Americaâ„¢ North American Chiropractic Survey

This is an online survey to determine the magnitude of injuries due to heavy backpacks on patients ages 5 years to 18 years across North America:

Questions:

  1. Are you a licensed chiropractor?
    Yes = 203
    No = 3
  2. In which state do you practice?
    Respondents come from various U.S. states and Canadian provinces.
  3. Have you seen patients (ages 5-18) reporting back, neck or shoulder pain caused by heavy backpacks?
    Yes = 181
    No = 22
    N/A = 3
  4. How many patients are you currently seeing due to back, neck or shoulder pain caused by heavy backpacks?
    0 = 35
    1-4 = 119
    5-9 = 33
    10+ = 15
    N/A = 4
  5. What is the most common diagnosis of the above patients?
    Subluxation = 126
    Sprain/Strain = 44
    Contusion = 4
    Other = 7
    N/A = 25

Conclusion:
In an online survey of more than 200 chiropractors responding from across North America at www.backpacksafe.com, it was learned that:

  • 89 percent of chiropractors surveyed responded that they have seen patients (ages 5-18) reporting back, neck or shoulder pain caused by heavy backpacks.
  • 71 percent of chiropractors presently seeing such patients responded that they are currently seeing one to four patients (ages 5-18) reporting back, neck or shoulder pain caused by heavy backpacks.
  • 20 percent of chiropractors presently seeing such patients responded that they are currently seeing five to nine patients (ages 5-18) reporting back, neck or shoulder pain caused by heavy backpacks.
  • 9 percent of chiropractors presently seeing such patients responded that they are currently seeing 10 or more patients (ages 5-18) due to back, neck or shoulder caused by heavy backpacks.

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