Dear Valued Patient:
This holiday season, we'd like to take a moment to thank you for making our success possible. 2012 has been a year of growth for Kayal Orthopaedic Center as our surgical team has grown and our Franklin Lakes' facility continues to expand. We are grateful for each of you, from new patients to long-time friends. Thanks for trusting us with your orthopaedic health-- and for allowing us to make a difference in your lives.
Safety During Holiday Travel
This season, as you prepare to fly cross-country to celebrate with family and friends, remember to protect your orthopaedic health. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commissions (CPSC) reports that more than 59 thousand people were treated for luggage-related injuries during 2011. Nearly half of those were back injuries, and over 2,000 were neck injuries. Avoid a nasty sprain, strain or tear this travel season by remembering the following tips from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS):
- Select luggage that is both sturdy and lightweight, preferably with wheels and an adjustable handle. It is better to bring two small bags than one large piece that is heavy and unwieldy.
- If you must carry a bag rather than rolling it, bend at the knees to reach for the handle. Extend the legs as you pick up the bag, which helps you avoid back strain.
- Safeguard shoulders as you lift luggage into overhead bins. Before reaching overhead with a heavy item, lift it first to the top of the seat back. Then, evenly lift the left and right sides of the bag to elevate it into the overhead bin. Reverse this process to retrieve your luggage, rather than allowing it to drop from the overhead bin to the floor. This puts extreme strain on the shoulders and back.
- Backpack carry-ons should have padded, ergonomic shoulder straps. Do not carry your backpack over one shoulder. This uneven weight distribution puts strain on the spine and shoulders.
- Switch arms regularly if you are carrying a heavy purse, tote or duffel bag to prevent fatiguing one side of the body.
Genuine holiday wishes and safe travel-- from our family to yours. We wish you the best of peace and prosperity-- now and in the year to come-- and hope that your season is one of cherished traditions and abundant joy.
Dr. Robert A. Kayal, MD, FAAOS and the Kayal Orthopaedic Center Team