Moving: No Pain, Much Gain – American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

June 3, 2010

Whether moving to a new home or packing up for the semester, the physical intensity of moving can be extreme. Packing boxes, moving heavy furniture, emptying overhead cabinets — all come with some risk for injury, especially to your back. Back pain is one of the most common reasons for Americans visit their doctors. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, 21.9 million people visited their physician for back pain in 2007 and 4.8 million went to the emergency room for such back ailments. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) recommends that you lift and carry items with proper form and posture to help avoid injury…more