Experts: Your purse may be causing your back pain

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Purses are a necessity for most women, but they may be a contributing factor to back and shoulder pains. Ways to alleviate the potential damage from a person is to carry a cross-body purse, make sure the weight of the purse is less than 10% of the person’s total body weight, remove all non-essential items, and consider using a backpack instead of a purse.

Key Takeaways:

  • Purses that help you carry it all are fashionable and practical, but can result in real shoulder or neck pain for women of all ages.
  • Experts suggest carrying your purse across your body and not on your elbow.
  • Doctors say you should stick with the 10 percent rule, meaning that a 140-pound woman should not have a purse that weighs more than 14 pounds.

“Backpacks are another issue since kids don’t have a say in how big their textbooks are, so make sure the backpack itself isn’t too big or heavy.”