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Luggage-Lifting Tips for Safe Travels
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FRIDAY, Dec. 20, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Carrying and lifting heavy luggage during the holidays can lead to neck, wrist, back and shoulder pain and injuries unless you take proper safety precautions, an orthopedic surgeon says.
In 2012, nearly 54,000 luggage-related injuries occurred in the United States, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
"Holiday travel can be uniquely stressful and physically taxing, especially when transporting heavy and cumbersome luggage," said Dr. Warner Pinchback, a spokesman for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
"To ensure that you arrive at your holiday destination free from pain, it's important to know how to optimally choose, pack, carry and lift your luggage," he added in an academy news release.
The academy offers the following luggage safety tips:
-- Robert Preidt
SOURCE: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, news release, Dec. 12, 2013
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