Navigation Links
Lug Your Luggage Safely
Date:11/18/2008

Carrying and Lifting Tips to Keep you Injury-free this Holiday Season

ROSEMONT, Ill., Nov. 18/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Seasoned travelers have a saying -- "Pack your bags, then take out half." This refers to the fact that most of us bring much more than we need on our trips. Now, even more travelers are echoing that line, especially, since so many airline providers are charging passengers a fee for checking luggage. However, if you are one of those people who cannot decide which half to leave at home, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (http://www.aaos.org/) (AAOS) has recommendations to help you carry your baggage safely.

According to the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission:

  • In 2007, more than 50,000 people were treated in hospital emergency rooms, doctors' offices, clinics and other medical settings for injuries related to luggage.

Packing light may prevent injuries such as:

  • Strains, pulls and tears
    • Any of these can occur while carrying a heavy suitcase for an extended period of time.
    • Lifting and holding a bag incorrectly or lifting luggage from baggage claim carousels, overhead or under-seat compartments.
  • The chances of these injuries are even greater when a person has been sitting still for a long period of time (as when on a plane) or when the luggage is over-packed and especially heavy.

"Using proper lifting techniques can ensure that your trip isn't cut short by an injury," says William R. Marshall, M.D., a spokesperson for the AAOS and orthopaedic surgeon in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. "Even a relatively minor injury, such as a muscle pull, to the back, neck or shoulders can be quite painful in the short term and end up ruining your vacation."

The Academy offers the following strategies to prevent injuries when lifting and carrying luggage:

  • Pack lightly. When possible, pack items in a few smaller bags instead of one large luggage piece. It is better -- and may prevent muscle sprains and strains -- to carry a lighter bag in each hand rather than one heavy bag in one hand or over one shoulder.

  • As with any heavy lifting, you should bend at the knees and lift luggage with your leg muscles -- not your back and waist -- and avoid twisting and rotating your spine. Stand alongside your suitcase, bend at your knees, then grasp the handle and straighten up. Also, try to carry luggage as close to your body as possible.

  • When placing luggage in an overhead compartment, first lift it onto the top of the seat. Then, with the 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 atop the luggage and push it to the back of the compartment. To remove the luggage, reverse this process.

  • If using a backpack, make sure it has two padded and adjustable shoulder straps. Choose one with several compartments to secure various-sized items, packing the heavier things low and towards the center. Always wear a backpack on both shoulders -- slinging it over one shoulder does not allow weight to be distributed evenly, which can cause muscle strain.

  • If you need to use a duffel or shoulder bag, do not carry it on one shoulder for any length of time. Be sure to switch sides often, as this may prevent soreness and discomfort to the shoulder area.

Other important tips:

  • When purchasing new luggage, look for a sturdy, light pieces with wheels and a handle. Avoid purchasing luggage that is too heavy or bulky while empty.

  • Do not rush when lifting or carrying a suitcase. If it is too heavy or an awkward shape, ask someone for help.

  • Do not carry heavy pieces of luggage for long periods of time. If it is very heavy, and you must carry it, stop and take a break. If at all possible, check your luggage when traveling rather than carrying it on a plane, train or bus.

  • Make sure to carry all rolling luggage up flights of stairs.

More luggage tips

(http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00061&return_link=0)

Orthoinfo.org (http://www.orthoinfo.org/)

About AAOS

(http://www6.aaos.org/news/Pemr/releases/release_boiler.cfm?category=6&releasenum=715)


'/>"/>
SOURCE American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Celebrate Halloween Safely This Year With Tips From the California Poison Control System
2. Older adults can take medicines more safely and effectively by charting their daily routines
3. Even Kids With Known Allergies Can Be Safely Vaccinated
4. Most vaccine-allergic children can still be safely vaccinated, Hopkins experts say
5. Keep Eyes Safely On The Ball
6. Allergic-like reactions to iodinated contrast material treated safely with commonly used medications
7. Video: GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Offers Free Nicotine Lozenges for All Certified Pilots and Air Traffic Controllers to Help Them Safely Quit Smoking
8. Federal Regulation Will Require Renovators to Work Safely with Lead-Paint
9. Safe Crossing Week 2007 Teaches Kids How to Behave Safely Around Trains
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/27/2017)... ... February 27, 2017 , ... It’s no secret that ... leads to a host of health issues, including urinary incontinence. However, results published ... discovered that good overall muscle strength in older women, particularly in the abdominal ...
(Date:2/27/2017)... , ... February 27, 2017 , ... Much attention has ... for women who become dependent on opioid painkillers has fallen short. From 1999 until ... to a 237% increase in fatal overdoses in male populations.(1) , The proportion of ...
(Date:2/27/2017)... ... February 27, 2017 , ... This ... diffraction analysis as a tool to characterize particle size distributions in the field ... improved results and novel scientific findings. It describes methods of optimized and standardized ...
(Date:2/27/2017)... ... February 27, 2017 , ... Sunshine Coast Health Centre (SCHC), ... Canada, at https://www.sunshinecoasthealthcentre.ca/ , is proud to announce the addition of a ... the Centre's commitment to innovation in drug rehab and alcohol treatment strategies beyond ...
(Date:2/26/2017)... ... February 25, 2017 , ... The February 13, 2017, assassination of Kim ... over nerve agents and the deadly use of chemical weapons. Many questions exist about ... even small doses can be lethal. , Jay Jagannathan, M.D., of Michigan-based Jagannathan Neurosurgical ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/27/2017)...  Infinity Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: INFI ) ... th Annual Healthcare Conference on Monday, March 6, ... MA. A live webcast of Infinity,s presentation ... website at www.infi.com , and will be available ... Infinity,Infinity is an innovative biopharmaceutical company dedicated to advancing ...
(Date:2/27/2017)... A recent research report published by Grand View Research, ... to reach a value of $55.8 billion by 2025. Earlier in ... have legalized marijuana for medical uses. In 2016, states such as ... North Dakota , Ohio and ... in medical applications such as chemotherapies and pain management. The growing ...
(Date:2/27/2017)... Period October – December 2016 Revenues amounted to SEK ... million Result after tax amounted to SEK -16.3 (-6.5) million, ... Cash flow from operating activities amounted to SEK -8.3 (-7.3) million ... Period full year 2016 ... result amounted to SEK -39.5 (-29.5) million Result after tax ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: