Heavy Purse Problems

Good Day New York , Fox 5—August 31, 2009

Women tend to load their purses with stuff they don't really need to be carrying. Those heavy purses can cause serious health problems.

Dr. Brian Halpern, a sports medicine specialist at Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan, says there are serious health risks associated with carrying a heavy purse.

Potential health problems:

  • Shoulder and neck pain
  • Numbness in the hand (from nerve damage)

Ways to avoid health problems from heavy purses:

  • Try splitting the weight to both arms
  • Use a backpack
  • Use a smaller bag
  • Use a bag on wheels
  • Use a bag made of lightweight material
  • Switching from side to side usually doesn't work because we all have a dominant side or one that we prefer.

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