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Back Problems: Proper Lifting

No one is immune to having a back injury. Whether you have a strong back or have hurt your back before, it is well worth it to:

  • Stop yourself before casually picking up a light or heavy load.
  • Plan in your mind for the best way to lift what's in front of you. This could include enlisting help from one or more people.
  • Lift and move slowly and carefully.

The time you take to use the right lifting mechanics is far less than the days, weeks, or months it can take to heal from a back injury.

what.gif  What types of lifting can cause injury?
why.gif Why is it important to be careful about lifting?
how.gif How can I lift without hurting my back?
where.gif Where can I get more information about healthy back body mechanics?

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By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Joan Rigg, PT, OCS - Physical Therapy
Last Revised December 20, 2011

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Last Updated: December 20, 2011
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