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Strolling Safely: Choosing the Right Pram for Musculoskeletal Health

As parents, we often focus on the safety and comfort of our babies when choosing a pram. However, it's essential to consider the impact of prams on our own musculoskeletal health as well. At Physio Room Pymble, we're committed to promoting overall well-being, including ensuring that parents choose prams that support their musculoskeletal health. In this blog post, we'll explore common musculoskeletal conditions associated with prams and provide advice on selecting the right one.

Common Musculoskeletal Conditions from Improper Prams

Using an improper pram can lead to various musculoskeletal issues for parents, including:

1. Back Pain:

Pushing a pram with poor ergonomics or inadequate support can strain the back muscles, leading to pain and discomfort in the lower back and shoulders.

2. Neck and Shoulder Strain:

Incorrect handlebar height or grip position can cause tension and pain in the neck and shoulders, especially during long walks or outings with the baby.

3. Wrist and Hand Discomfort:

Gripping a pram handle that is too narrow or lacking padding can lead to wrist and hand discomfort, including numbness, tingling, and even carpal tunnel syndrome.

Choosing the Right Pram

Consider these factors when selecting a pram to support your musculoskeletal health:

1. Adjustable Handlebar Height:

Look for a pram with an adjustable handlebar height that allows you to customize it to your height and preference. This ensures that you maintain proper posture while pushing the pram, reducing strain on your back and shoulders.

2. Ergonomic Handlebar Design:

Choose a pram with an ergonomic handlebar design that provides a comfortable grip and distributes pressure evenly across your hands. Look for handles with padding or cushioning to reduce the risk of wrist and hand discomfort.

3. Manoeuvrability:

Opt for a pram with excellent manoeuvrability, such as swivel wheels or adjustable suspension, to make pushing the pram easier and more comfortable. This reduces the strain on your wrists and arms, particularly when navigating tight spaces or uneven terrain.

4. Lightweight Construction:

Select a lightweight pram that is easy to lift, fold, and maneuver, especially if you'll be frequently lifting it in and out of the car or up stairs. A lightweight pram reduces the strain on your back and shoulders, making it more comfortable to use.

Choosing the right pram is crucial for maintaining musculoskeletal health while caring for your baby. By considering factors such as adjustable handlebar height, ergonomic design, manoeuvrability, and lightweight construction, you can reduce the risk of back pain, neck and shoulder strain, and wrist discomfort. At Physio Room Pymble, we're here to support you in making informed decisions that promote your overall well-being as a parent.

TB Dang

Senior Physiotherapist


The information provided in this blog post is for educational and informational purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always consult with a qualified healthcare provider or physiotherapist before making decisions about pram selection or any other health-related matters.


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