Saturday 18 November 2017

Heavy lifting

• I sympathise wholeheartedly with Joe Kenny (Irish Independent, October 20) both as a parent and a healthcare professional who sees the effects of these heavy schoolbags on children's developing spines.

Unfortunately, many of the problems associated with improper loading on joints at a young age will persist into adulthood.

Many of your readers will be familiar with the old adage: "As the twig is bent, so grows the tree". This is especially true during the rapid-growth phase of the skeleton during the teenage years.

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