Chronic Lumbar Strain Lifting
Tips for proper lifting in someone with a chronic back strain or sprain:
- 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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