Back Injury Prevention

Most of the injuries I see in the Emergency Room can be avoided with a little planning. So let’s think about how to lift heavy objects without hurting your back.

Most of us know, it doesn’t take much to twist, strain, or otherwise tweak your back. Proper lifting techniques and a little thought can help avoid these painful episodes.

So here are some basic reminders:

Plan your lift – think about how you’ll move and where.

Set your feet shoulder width apart. Bend your knees and lift with your legs – never your back.

Tighten your stomach muscles and keep the load close to your body.

Don’t twist.

If you have a belt or a back support, wear it.

If you have to strain to lift something heavy, get some help! Your friends and family would prefer to help you lift something heavy than nurse you back to health.

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