Monthly Newsletter                                                                                 August 2011 


Backpack Safety Tips for Back-to-School

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It's hard to believe back-to-school time has already arrived!  As many of you head out to gear up for the upcoming school year, don't forget to pay special attention to the backpacks you purchase.  


It has been reported recently that some shoulder pain, neck pain and back pain have been linked to the loads students are lugging around. Choosing the right backpack can be crucial to helping students of all ages stay pain free.   


Choose Wisely  

Consider the following when choosing a backpack:  

  • Be sure the backpack has 2 padded straps; the
    straps should be at least 2 inches wide.  choosewisely
  • Look for one with padded back support.  
  • A waist strap will help ensure even
    distribution of weight.  
  • A backpack with multiple compartments
    will also help distribute weight more evenly.  
  • Make sure you choose a backpack that's
    made of a lightweight material.
  • Another good option is to choose a backpack
    with wheels and a retractable handle for easy rolling. 

Wear Properly  

Finding the right backpack is only the start. This school year pay close attention to how the backpack is worn. The following are tips to wearing
the backpack properly:  

  • Always use both shoulder straps.  backpacks
  • Keep both straps tightened -- the backpack should never sit lower than the belt line.  
  • Pack lightly -- the weight of the backpack should  not exceed 10-15% of the user's body weight. 
  • Organize the items in the pack: distribute weight evenly by placing heavier items closer
    to the back and lighter items near the outside.  
  • Lift the backpack using proper lifting technique, bend from
    the knees and not from the back.  
  • Wear for no longer than 30 minutes at a time. 

Follow these tips and get your school year started off in the right direction. For more details on backpack safety for your student, click here.  

Wendy Enck,
Physical Therapy Assistant
What is a Physical Therapy Assistant?

A Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA) works under the supervision of
a physical therapist. Tasks a PTA may perform include helping patients
with exercises and exercise programs, using pain relieving techniques
and modalities, assisting with patient mobility, and sometimes even performing massage.


Wendy Enck has been a PTA with HARTZ PT since 2001.


"I want every PTA to feel as happy and empowered as I do, and
to share the sense of pride I have in my role within the clinic,
the community and the profession."



"Wendy is so kind, encouraging and optimistic. Her attitude and competence really made all the difference!"

~Erica S. 

HARTZ Physical Therapy has offices to serve you in two locations.

For more information visit our website

or call or visit either of our two locations.

100 Highlands Dr., Suite 100
Lititz, PA 17543

90 Good Dr., Suite 201
Lancaster, PA 17603