Don’t let injuries ruin your holidays: Avoid suitcase strain

Don’t let injuries ruin your holidays: Avoid suitcase strain

The holidays are right around the corner, which often means an influx of travelers and lots of heavy luggage. The larger and heavier your luggage, the more at risk you are for neck, back, and shoulder injuries. Bone, muscle, and joint strain caused by improper handling of heavy luggage are more common than you may think.
 
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 85,000 people were treated in emergency rooms, doctors' offices, and clinics for injuries related to luggage in 2017.
 
Don’t let suitcase strain ruin your holiday fun. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) encourages travelers to follow these safety tips to avoid injury when carrying bulky bags this holiday season.  
 
EXPERT ADVICE
“Hurting your neck, back, or shoulders can put you out of commission for a long time,” said AAOS spokesperson and orthopaedic spine surgeon Charla Fischer, MD. “You can prevent that by packing lightly, using sturdy luggage with wheels and handles, and using good form when carrying or lifting bags.”
The AAOS offers the following advice for lifting and carrying luggage:

Contact(s):
Kelly King Johnson
phone: 847-384-4033
email: king@aaos.org

Abby Watson
phone: 847-384-4036
email: watson@aaos.org