-- Robert Preidt
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
"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:
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers
health and safety tips.
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