To help us explain more, we also teamed up this back-to-school season with Ariel Desjardins-Charbonneau, registered Physiotherapist and university professor in the Montreal area.
Pain is a signal given by the body to tell us something is potentially wrong. Our nervous system is notifying us when our brain thinks our ability to withstand physical stress is lower than the stress we are actually experiencing.
An injury, on the other hand, is an actual lesion of the tissue. Stress imposed on the body is greater than the body’s ability to adapt to it.
Some people can experience pain without necessarily being injured; and vice versa, where some people may have an injury without experiencing pain.
School is out! Now students get a break from their backpacks or they wear them less. As soon as school restarts, wearing a backpack can be a “new” activity for the body. The pain is actually normal for the first few days.
Think of a workout – muscles are often sore after the fact. The time frame is approximately 2 to 7 days until they are back to normal and fully ready for another workout.
Wearing a backpack can also be considered a workout! After 7 to 10 days, things should clear up. If the pain does not decrease after that time, it is time to see a health professional.
Depending where your child may be experiencing pain, it is important to determine what caused it. Some adjustments can help, without overdoing it!
For more tips and tricks, take a look at Ariel’s full video here! (English subtitles)