Avoid pain when carrying luggage
More than 51,000 luggage-related injuries were treated in doctors’ offices, clinics and emergency rooms in 2005, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. The Rosemont, IL-based academy offers the following safety tips to help protect yourself when traveling is part of your job:
- Use lightweight luggage, preferably with a handle and wheels.
- Pack as lightly as possible. Whenever feasible, pack items into several smaller bags rather than consolidating into one overloaded, heavy bag.
- When lifting, bend at the knees and lift with your legs, holding the luggage as close to your body as possible.
- Do not twist when carrying luggage.
- Use two hands when carrying luggage to more evenly distribute weight and decrease stress on the spine and elbow.
- Carry rolling luggage up stairs.
- Always wear comfortable shoes when traveling.