Orthopedic Cases during the School Season PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 June 2014 07:23

Once again students are flocking the schools and universities with their hectic schedules of activities. Many of our students suffer from accidents and injuries during the school year and over the years we have categorized it to three parts. Below are the most complaints we received fom patients (students, parents and teachers) during the school season.

caution-tripping-hazard-1439458-sa. Muscle or joint pain and fractures because of slips, trips, and fall-These three are the main causes of accidents on campuses and should be addressed not only by parents and students but also by school staff and administrators.

Appropriate shoes should be worn to corresponding activities in school. Non slip comfortable walking shoes are must haves specially during the rainy season. Appropriate rubber shoes while doing sports.  

Since experience a lot of rain during the start of the school year, make sure to avoid or be very careful while walking along areas which are usually wet from the rain. Parents should also be vigilant in keeping the school souroundings safe for their kids by suggesting improvments for safety purposes. Warning signs and anti- slip mats should be provided around the campus and first aid kits should be available any time should accidents happens. Children also should be advised whom to call or contact should accidents occur.

b. Back, neck  and shouler pain-Back, neck & shoulder pain is very common specially during the school season, both students and teachers suffer this ailment.  The pain is usually caused by prolonged sitting, wearing high heeled shoes, lifting extra weight or from inappropriate distribution of weight from carrying heavy bags. To ensure that you do not put unnecessary stress to you back, neck and shoulder here are some pointers:

walking1. Always maintain good posture specially while sitting, walking and standing  for prolonged period of time. 

2. Lift heavy objects the right way by bending your knees and keeping your back straight. When your load are heavy and too many , try to distribute the weight put heavier objects at the bottom of the bag and keep your bag near your body. Try to decrease the weight by leaving some of your stuff inside your lockers (like gym clothes, equipments, and projects).  

leather-bag-130386-s3. Chooose the correct bag to carry your school things. Use two strapped bags to evenly distribute weight and maintain good posture. If you prefer single straps try to periodically swap sides or use two bags on either sides or try trolley bags.

4. Regularly do back stretching and streghtening excercise especially in the morning. Also try to stretch periodically or shift your position especially when engaged in prolong sitting (when working on your computer or laptop) and standing.

 c. Ankle and knee pain-  Ankle and knee pain usually are caused by injury brought by trauma and overuse  during sports. To play safely equip your children with the proper gear for sports; like appropriate shoes, clothes, protective gears ( knee pads & elbow pads). Usually every sports in school are supervised and programed, however every student is different. Instruct your children to drink lots of water during sports and always follow the rules and should get the attention of their teachers when they feel some pain in performing activities. 

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