Navigation Links
Pack Right for the Holidays to Avoid the ER
Date:11/26/2009

Luggage that's too big or too heavy can lead to strains or worse

THURSDAY, Nov. 26 (HealthDay News) -- There may be nothing wrong with stuffing your turkey full to bursting, but you might not want to do the same thing with your suitcase as you pack for holiday trips.

More than 53,000 people were treated in 2008 in U.S. hospital emergency rooms, doctors' offices, clinics and other medical facilities for luggage-related injuries, such as muscle strains, pulls and tears, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

"Lifting and carrying luggage that is too big or heavy for a person's size and frame can put serious strains on your body," Dr. Jeffrey A. Fried, an orthopedic surgeon and spokesman for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, said in a news release from the academy. "To minimize any damage to your neck, shoulders and back, it is important to bend at your knees, lift luggage with your leg muscles while tightening your abdominal muscles and avoid twisting and rotating your spine."

Other luggage safety tips from the organization include:

  • When possible, pack items into a few smaller pieces of luggage rather than one large bag. It's better to carry a lighter bag in each hand than to lug one heavy bag in one hand or over one shoulder.
  • Carry luggage as close to the body as possible.
  • When placing luggage in an overhead compartment, first lift it onto the top of the seat. Then, with hands on both sides of the bag, lift it into the compartment. If the luggage has wheels, make sure the wheel side is put into the compartment first. Once the wheels are inside, put one hand on top of the luggage and push it to the back of the compartment. Reverse this process when removing the luggage.
  • If you're using a backpack, make sure it has two padded and adjustable shoulder straps. Pack heavy items low and toward the center of the pack. Always wear a backpack on both shoulders. Wearing it on one shoulder can cause muscle strain.
  • If you're using a shoulder or duffel bag, don't carry it on one shoulder for any length of time. Switch sides often to prevent shoulder soreness and discomfort.
  • Don't rush when carrying or lifting a suitcase.
  • If a luggage bag is too heavy or is an awkward shape, ask for help.
  • Don't carry heavy pieces of luggage for long periods of time. Take plenty of breaks.

More information

The American Academy of Family Physicians offers more travel health and safety tips.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, news release, Nov. 20, 2009


'/>"/>
Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. The Right Tax Moves for Employees to Make Before Year-End
2. Promoting healthy skepticism in the news: Helping journalists get it right
3. Bono and Wyclef Jean Receive RFK Center for Justice & Human Rights Ripple of Hope Award
4. Elsevier celebrates the 20th anniversary of the UN Convention for the Rights of the Child
5. Lloyd Wright's Alternative Medicine Has One of its Hepatitis C Viral Inhibitors Given Boost as Scripps Study Peptides Effectiveness
6. AMA Optics Announces New Brightness Acuity Meter -- Documents Disabling Glare from Cataract
7. AMD Global Telemedicine, Inc. Acquires Distribution Rights for AFHCAN's tConsult Telehealth Systems
8. Right first time: Pioneering new methods of drug manufacture
9. Physicians for Human Rights Offers Training in Crime Scene Documentation
10. Bright Horizons Named One of Boston Globe 100s Top Places to Work
11. Good Sleepers More Likely to Eat Right
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/5/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Every year 220 Mississippi kids are diagnosed ... children. The wishes provide hope and motivation through positive experiences while they ... Brent Wilson said, “In 2016, the organization will grant 50% of wishes deemed ...
(Date:5/5/2016)... ... May 05, 2016 , ... Long Island’s fastest growing comprehensive ... noted Long Island eye surgeon, Kathleen Van Valkenburg, MD as part of their ongoing ... Martin, MD, medical director and managing partner of North Shore Eye Care. , ...
(Date:5/5/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... May 05, 2016 , ... TIME for ... safety – today announced a new partnership to reach nearly 1 million children with ... in an instant and is the leading cause of accidental death in children one ...
(Date:5/5/2016)... , ... May 05, 2016 , ... In honor of ... is encouraging people all over the United States to thank a nurse who's made ... Healthcare will donate $5 to the American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties (up ...
(Date:5/5/2016)... ... ... will celebrate its three-year anniversary on May 14 by giving away a free treatment ... To date, the Lung Institute has treated over 2,000 people at their five clinics across ... success of this treatment and to the patients who refuse to give up,” says Lung ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/3/2016)... , May 4, 2016 ... "Global Cancer Stem Cell Therapy Market Outlook 2020" ... http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160330/349511LOGO ) , ,Recombinant technology has improved ... are expected to be developed in coming years. Many ... techniques. Cancer stem cell therapies are also expected to ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... , May 3, 2016  As a teenager, an ... rheumatic fever, which damaged his heart. He continued enjoying ... by June 2013, Shepherd,s heart was giving out and ... On June 20, 2013, the Mesa, Arizona ... Heart (TAH-t). Like a heart transplant, the SynCardia TAH-t ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... , May 3, 2016   BIOTRONIK , ... today announced Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval ... that provides heart failure patients with access to ... also have remote monitoring with daily automatic transmission ... heart rate in response to physiological demands. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: