Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Acute Back Strain or Sprain Lifting

Tips for proper lifting:

  • Look at the label and find out how much the object weighs.
  • Plan the lift in advance.
  • A back support may help you maintain the correct position, but it does not decrease the risk of back injury.
  • Avoid twisting as you lift: always start from a position that allows your back to move up and down, only.
  • Stand close to the object you wish to lift. Place one foot alongside the object and the other behind it. Keep your body weight over your feet.
  • Lift with your legs and keep your back straight. Bend your knees and keep your elbows close to your body.
  • Lift the load smoothly and keep the object close to your body: do not jerk or tug the object.
  • Maintain solid footing and keep your feet a shoulder's width apart as you walk when you carry an object.
  • Keep your back straight. Change direction by moving your feet.
  • Observe the same technique when putting items down.

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Last Updated: Jun 30, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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