As the school season starts, experts warn that overloaded backpacks often result in back injuries among both children and young adults.

More than 13,700 kids aged 5 to 18 were treated in hospitals and doctorsโ€™ offices for backpack-related injuries in a single year, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) advises parents and caregivers to pay close attention to childrenโ€™s posture and not wait for them to complain about back pain before lightening their load.

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