WEST ORANGE, N.J., Oct. 30 -- With school underway, attention is focused on backpack safety. But carrying heavy bags,
"We're seeing an increasing number of injuries to the shoulder area, neck and upper back musculature, and the low back, in both children and adults as the result of carrying bags that are too heavy or too large," said Jeffrey M. Cole, M.D. (http://www.kessler-rehab.com/patient-center/staff/DoctorDetails.aspx?ID=52), Director of Electrodiagnostic Medicine and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation (http://www.kessler-rehab.com). "Strains and sprains of the muscles and ligaments are the most common injuries and can be extremely painful, even causing permanent damage in some cases. While most injuries can be treated with medication, rest and occupational therapy, the best 'cure' is avoiding injury in the first place."
According to Kessler occupational therapist Kim Hreha, "Students of all ages load books, computers and other paraphernalia into their backpacks without thinking about how much they are carrying. The same holds true for workers who pack their computers, files and more into briefcases. Women who choose to carry fashionable, but oversized and stuffed, handbags are also at significant risk of injury. Even travelers face possible injury when they overpack their luggage, carry it incorrectly and lift it improperly."
To help "lighten the load" and avoid some of the potential risks of injury, Kessler suggests:
"By taking a few simple precautions, individuals can help to minimize the risk of injury," emphasized Dr. Cole.
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Irene Maslowski, 973-226-1494 or [email protected]
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SOURCE Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation
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