Keeping You Body Wise: Lifting Injury Prevention- Keeping You and Your Family Safe This Holiday Season

by TOI Admin December 23, 2011


Give the gift of health and safety to you and your family and avoid injury-prone situations in effort to prevent bone, join and muscle injuries this holiday season. Numerous people traveling this time of year can expose themselves to risks that they can easily and unknowingly be unaware of when transporting luggage.


According to the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission, more than 54,000 people were treated in hospital emergency rooms, doctor’s offices, clinics and other medical settings for injuries related to carrying luggage in 2009. Injuries to the back, neck and shoulder can be caused by struggling with heavy, over-packed luggage.


To prevent lifting injuries this holiday season, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons suggests the following safety tips:


  • Pack light and use luggage with wheels when traveling.
  • Take care when placing luggage in an overhead compartment. First, lift it onto the top of the seat. Then, with hands situated on the left and right sides of the suitcase, lift it up. If your luggage has wheels, make sure the wheel side is set in the compartment first. Once wheels are inside, put one hand on top of the luggage and push it to the back of the compartment. To remove the luggage, reverse this process.
  • Do not rush when lifting or carrying a suitcase or heavy package. If a piece of luggage is too cumbersome when traveling, either check it or ask for help. At the mall, minimize heavy loads by making frequent trips to the car.
  • Always use proper lifting techniques. When lifting, bend at your knees and lift with your leg muscles, not your back and waist. Avoid twisting or rotating your spine.





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