Holiday Shopping can be Backbreaking Work - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/17/02

Holiday Shopping can be Backbreaking Work

If you think holiday shopping is a real pain, your back may be agreeing with you for good reason. Dr. Andrew Casden the holiday shopping aches the "shopping bag-itis". He says it's actually a common holiday problem. Hauling heavy shopping bags can trigger an overuse of muscles, ligaments and joints of the spine.

"It doesn't matter how good a shape you're in. It can be someone whose never had a history of back pain at all, it can be somebody that's had back pain in the past and this exacerbates their previous back problems," says Dr. Andrew Casden, an Orthopedic Surgeon.

Dr. Casden's suggestions:

  • Don't shop till you drop.
  • Space out your shopping over a few days.
  • Try to balance your bags to avoid undue strain on one side.
  • Carry packages as close to your body as possible.
  • Lift heavy bags correctly, bend your knees and use your legs.
  • Store as many packages as you can in your car
  • Buy your heaviest gifts last.
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