Avoiding Injuries During Your Summer Move

An estimated 32 million Americans move each year, and over half of that number move during the summer months. The last thing that anyone plans along with their move is an injury that may potentially cost more than the move itself. Summer seems to offer more reliable temperatures and sunny days to help keep items dry, but this is only one of the many things that need to be kept in consideration when planning a move. Most injuries seem to occur when a mover is tired, so having a plan mapped out and having patience is important.

What Are The Most Common Injuries Associated With Moving?

Moving heavy or awkward items can be difficult for anyone, but especially for the inexperienced mover. Improper lifting techniques, as well as not being used to hard labor, can create some of these common injuries:

·          Cuts, scrapes, and bruises

·          Broken fingers and toes

·          Strained muscles, or pinched nerves

·          Ankle or other foot injuries

·          A hernia

Long-term problems can be associated with back and other lifting injuries. Muscle strains can take days or weeks to heal and can limit what the injured mover can accomplish. These injuries are only associated with moving objects and do not include any injuries that may occur if the mover should wreck a moving truck or a car.

What Is A Hernia And How Is It Fixed?

A hernia occurs when an organ pushes through the tissue and muscles holding it into place. This can look like a bulge under the skin or swelling, most commonly found between the chest and hip regions. Inguinal hernias, which are the most common type, make up 70% of cases. This is when the intestines tear through the lower abdominal wall. Hernias usually require surgery to be fixed unless they are very small and do not get any bigger, though they should always be assessed by a doctor for proper treatment.

Ways To Avoid Injury

The best way to avoid getting an injury while moving is to take a few precautions before starting, plan out the best way to move items, and have the correct tools. Wearing closed-toed shoes with good grip and traction as well as gloves can protect the body. It is a good idea for movers to stretch and loosen muscles to prepare for lifting. Individuals should use proper lifting techniques, such as keeping the legs shoulder length apart, not bending at the waist, but instead keeping the back straight and lifting with the legs. A dolly should be used to move big or awkward items and a ladder should be available for hard-to-reach places. Movers should use intact boxes that won’t bend or tear and keep the moving space clear so that movement is not restricted.

What To Do If An Injury Has Occurred While Moving

For simple cuts and scrapes, those injured should clean the wound out after stopping the bleeding and then bandage the affected area. For bruises, individuals should place ice on the wound to help avoid swelling that might occur. For a more serious injury, victims should go to the doctor or emergency room. Whether the mover is relocating for work or was injured while helping someone move, injuries cost time and money and should be avoided at all costs.