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Health Tip: Take Care When Lugging Luggage

Suggestions to help prevent injury

(HealthDay News) -- Whether you're traveling or welcoming people into your home, lifting luggage can be hazardous.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers this advice to help prevent injury while lifting luggage:

  • Opt for suitcases that are lightweight but sturdy, and have wheels for easier transportation.
  • Pack items in a few smaller bags rather than packing one huge, heavy suitcase.
  • Stand next to the suitcase and lift while bending at the knees -- not the waist -- using your leg muscles.
  • Hold the suitcase as close to the center of your body as possible.
  • Use both hands, if possible, rather than carrying the suitcase on one side.
  • Keep your body straight, rather than twisting or turning.
  • Don't be in a rush, and ask for help when you need it.
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