5 Injuries You Can Sustain Moving Your Home

Moving is a pain, but when you’ve got to do it, you’ve got to do it. However, once you get into it, it’s easy to fall into the mindset of wanting to get it done as quickly and cheaply as possible. The faster you pack, load, and unload, the sooner it will be over and the less you will need to spend. The one big problem with that philosophy is that it puts both you and your belongings in great risk. Moving injuries are quite common, but there are ways to avoid them.

1. Strained Backs

Straining your back is a lot easier than you might think. More importantly, it can be a lot more damaging than getting a little cut or bruise, putting you totally out of commission and the whole operation on ice unless you’ve got someone else to do the lifting.

Thankfully, avoiding a strained back is fairly easy, if not frustrating. Know your limits and stick to them, carrying only what you can manage and using mechanical help whenever possible, such as dollies. It will take longer than rushing through the process and overburdening yourself, but it will also be much faster than getting injured and slowing down everyone else.

2. Broken Bones

While this may sound pretty severe and unrealistic, it’s important to remember that toes and fingers are pretty easy to break when you’re carrying around a lot of heavy loads, especially if you aren’t experienced with that kind of work. Even if you’re an expert at hauling heavy weight, that doesn’t mean everyone else is and all it takes is one blunder around a blind corner to end up putting your hand or foot out of commission.

Most of this can be avoided by wearing protective gear (thick gloves on your hands, sturdy and protective footwear) and preparing your house before you go. Make sure doors are securely propped open instead of needing to haphazardly open them up with a box in your hands and communicate with other people to make sure that you don’t run into one another.

3. Twisted Knees and Ankles

When carrying a heavy load, tripping or taking a wrong step can have dire consequences for your knees and ankles. Twisting them can lead to as little as a pang of pain or as much as several days off your feet. If you don’t think a sprained ankle sounds too bad, then consider that it’s actually a hemorrhage in your foot that fills the area around the joint with blood.

If you want to avoid twisting anything, wear knee pads and shoes that provide significant ankle support. The more support you provide, the less likely an injury will be.

4. Cuts, Scrapes, and Bruises

They may not sound too dire, but cuts, scrapes, and bruises can all pose dangers in both the short and long term. In the short term, the painful surprise of bumping into a corner or stubbing your toe can lead to you dropping your load and damaging both your belongings and yourself. In the long term, an untreated injury, no matter how minor, could lead to a painful and persistent infection.

If you do get a small cut, make sure you sterilize and treat it before you forget. Cover it up to decrease the chances of infection and warn everyone else about making the same mistake in the same area.

5. Hernias

Hernias are an unfortunate reality for many and lifting heavy loads for moving is one of the easiest ways to get one. Since there are a lot of muscles involved in moving boxes, there are many types of hernias you can get, including inguinal hernias.

The best way to avoid a hernia is to live a healthy lifestyle and ensure your muscles are strong. The second best way is to not lift too much at one time and strain yourself.

How to Keep Safe

If you want to avoid injuries on moving day, the biggest key is proper preparation. Make sure you’ve got suitable footwear and gloves, check the main corridors for any corners or other hazards, and get some tools like dollies to help minimize the strain on your muscles. When the day comes, don’t try to lift more than you can carry and give yourself frequent breaks to avoid overexerting yourself.

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