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Lift Properly to Avoid Back Problems

The spine doctors at Sports Medicine North offer tips on how you can avoid both acute and chronic back problems by using proper lifting techniques.

  • Plan Before Lifting
    Knowing where you are going and making sure you have a clear path to your destination will mean fewer awkward maneuvers while holding a heavy object.

  • Lift Close to Your Body
    Keeping an object balanced and close to your body will make you a stronger and more stable lifter.

  • Keep Feet Shoulder-Width Apart
    Keeping your feet too close together is unstable; too far apart, and your movement may be hindered. Keeping your feet one shoulder-width apart will give you a solid base for lifting.

  • Lift With Your Legs
    “Your legs are stronger than your back, so use that to your advantage,” explains Dr. Clay D. Miller, pain management doctor at Sports Medicine North. Dr. Miller says that bending your knees and keeping your spine straight can help avoid injury.

  • Tighten Your Stomach Muscles
    Holding your stomach muscles tight will help keep your back in a proper lifting position.

  • Get Help
    If an object is too heavy or an awkward shape, find someone to help you lift it.

  • Wear a Belt or Back Support
    If your job requires you to regularly lift heavy objects, or if you lift often at home, a back belt can help you keep a proper lifting posture.

For more information on back injuries and treatment options or to schedule an appointment, contact the experts at Sports Medicine North by calling (978) 309-3066.

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