Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Aching Back Proper Lifting

Tips for lifting safely in someone with back pain include:

  • Think before you act. Look at the label and find out how much the object weighs.
  • Ask for help if you need it.
  • Plan the move in advance.
  • Stand closely to the object you wish to lift.
  • Keep your body weight over your feet while you lift.
  • Bend your knees and keep your elbows close to your body.
  • Lift with your legs while you keep your back straight.
  • Keep objects close to your body while lifting.
  • Lift the load smoothly, without jerking, tugging, or twisting.
  • Avoid twisting your back: keep your back straight while lifting.
  • Maintain balance: keep your feet one shoulder-width apart as you walk while carrying a heavy object.
  • Change direction by moving your feet. Do not change direction by twisting your back.
  • Observe the same technique when putting items down.
  • Use a back support: acts as a reminder to lift correctly, but does not decrease the risk for back injury.

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Last Updated: Nov 4, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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